Some prospects are scared away when other recruits commit to a school they are considering. That’s not the case with Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi.
The four-star product has not shied away from his interest in USC even though the Trojans’ tight end depth went from non-existent to potentially overflowing following the return of Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, the transfer of Daniel Imatorbhebhe and the commitment of Exton (Penn.) Downingtown East 6-foot-7 four-star Cary Angeline.
“Nah. I think it’s good,” Asiasi said Tuesday at The Opening check-ins. “If I decide to go there as a tight end, I mean, there’s always going to be other guys that are going to be there to play the position. I think having more people is going to be better for the program.
“It’s going to be better for that position specifically because we’re going to be deeper in that position. There’s going to be a lot of rotation. I’m good with rotation. The more depth we have in that position, the better. [Angeline's commitment] didn’t affect my recruiting at all.”
It also didn’t hurt that USC reassured Asiasi where he stood for them. He talked to tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo not long after Angeline’s June 26 commitment.
“He told me that we committed a couple dudes and this one tight end, but he said I’m still the top guy and I like hearing that from him.”
“They’re still up there and they’re still one of the schools I’m really interested in,” Asiasi said of the Trojans.
He continues to build a strong relationship with Tuiasosopo, chatting every week whether it be about the depth chart or just to check in and touch base. Asiasi said their relationship has really blossomed since it began last year and believes it can continue to grow.
“I hope it gets stronger and I hope we can make good things happen.”
While USC continues to eye the wide-shouldered, 6-foot-4 Asiasi as a tight end, many have speculated that he could outgrow the position, especially after he weighed in at 272 pounds at The Opening Oakland Regional. But Asiasi, who also plays defensive end for De La Salle, is working to trim down to 255 by the beginning of his senior season.
He said on Tuesday he was currently at 265 pounds and re-iterated his goal of 255 pounds by late-August.
A more immediate goal this week during The Opening Finals is to prove himself at the tight end position.
“That’s important to me. It definitely is,” Asiasi said. “Just to show these guys, the people out there that have doubts about me playing tight end that I can play the position. There’s no doubt I can play it.
“I’m one of the best here I think. I’m not trying to say anything, but I just want to prove that I can do it and then be one of the best at the position.”
Here are some Devin Asiasi highlights we shot from The Opening Oakland Regional in May: