Sil Ajawara, the 6-4, 305-pound offensive line prospect from Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro, has taken two official visits, but said he has three schools as his finalists.
"If I got looks from other schools I wouldn't rule them out," Ajawara admitted. "But those three schools are definitely at the top of my list and lately they have been recruiting me very hard."
In terms of ASU, Ajawara said: "Things are going very well with Arizona State. Coach (Gregg) Smith was at my school today (Monday). We talked about the offense and how the new offensive coordinator that will come in will improve this offense. Arizona State is still a team with a lot of young players that is going in the right direction. They will definitely be doing some big things there."
While Ajawara has unofficially visited the Bruins on a few occasions, he has yet to go to Westwood on an official trip. Nonetheless, he did downplay that fact as it relates to his decision.
"Honestly, I could make my decision tomorrow without (officially) visiting UCLA," Ajawara claimed. "I would love to take an official visit there, but being there a couple of times I think I already have a good feel for that school."
Ajawara predicted that he should have a decision made by the end of next week.
He stated that the recruiting efforts are equal among all three schools. Yet, in making his decision, he does appreciate ASU recruiting him first.
"They (Arizona State) were the first school to offer me," Ajawara commented. "I know that's a school that definitely wants me and they were quick to act on it and offer me a few weeks before everyone else. So obviously there's a little loyalty factor there. I don't think that (ex-Tesoro) Evan Finkenberg being there makes a huge difference, but he can show me what it's really like for a player there. He is going to tell me the truth no matter what."
But Ajawara claims, though: "At the same time, I want to look at all three schools equally."