Ajawara Talks About New Offers

The 6-4, 315-pound offensive line prospect from Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro, Sil Ajawara, picked up some big scholarship offers recently. The most recent came just a matter of hours after he had performed at UCLA's One-Day Camp...

Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro offensive tackle Sil Ajawara (6-4, 315) has gotten his recruitment kick-started in the last ten days, going from zero scholarship offers to three offers.

The latest came on Monday evening, when he called UCLA to follow up after his performance at the Bruins' 1-Day Camp.

"I thought I did pretty well there at the camp," said Ajawara. "I talked to Coach (Bob) Palcic, Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel after and they liked the way I performed in the 1-on-1s. I called UCLA on Monday and Coach Neuheisel offered me a scholarship."

The offer from the Bruins joins previous offers from Washington and Arizona State that Ajawara had received, but this was his first from a California school.

"I'm definitely excited about UCLA because it's my first in-state offer," said Ajawara. "As a California kid, that is something I'm really interested in. They're one of my top choices and it's exciting to see that they're interested in me enough to offer me a scholarship."

But Ajawara isn't in any kind of hurry to make a decision.

"I'm still not ready to commit yet," said Ajawara. "I've got some other schools I'm interested in and I've been hearing from so I want to take a look at all of the different options. Arizona State and Washington offered me as a lineman in general. They never really specified if they want me inside or outside. Arizona is interested in me. Oregon State and Oregon are also interest me. And I've always liked San Diego State. They haven't really been up on the charts, but it's a school that is close to home and that's always something cool."

Ajawara is hoping to visit some of the out-of-area schools so he can get a clearer picture and what situation is best for him.

"Probably the best thing for me to do is an unofficial visit and get acclimated with the situation, and see how I mesh with the coaching staff," said Ajawara. "I'd probably wait until the middle of the season to make a decision. I wouldn't want to commit too early, then de-commit, so I'd definitely have to make sure I'm loving the place I'm going to."

Ajawara has also made a list of factors that are critical to him in picking a school: "It's important to me how I feel on campus, when I get to the school. The education needs to be really good. Realistically, not many make football a career when they are done playing in college, so is it going to be a school that will have a good education for me to fall back on."

A year ago, Ajawara played left guard, lining up next to Arizona State signee Evan Finkenberg and helping the Titans to the CIF-SS Pac-5 finals, and a 13-1 season. With several seniors graduated, Ajawara will move to left tackle, though guard is where he pictures himself playing in college. And he has assumed more of a leadership role. "Coach (Brian) Barnes has been stressing since we were sophomores that we can't be a successful team without leaders so leadership is definitely one of the main things I'm focusing on," said Ajawara.

For camps this summer, Ajawara said the only ones he anticipates attending are the Oregon and Oregon State camps.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 1500 on the SAT.


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