Asiasi talks Vanderbilt offer

De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., is one of the most storied football programs in the country and currently ranked number-one in The Golden State. Devin Asiasi, a 6-foot-5, 253-pound junior defensive end/defensive end became a full-time starter this season and has been reeling in offers ever since. He spoke with on his recent offer from Vanderbilt, his second SEC offer.

"Really, the Vanderbilt offer came as a big surprise to me," said Asiasi. "It just came in a couple of weeks ago. I was with my teammate, Boss Tagaloa. He got a text from the defensive line coach for both of us to get in contact with him. That's when we both received an offer. The coach talked about what I would bring to the table with my athleticism. He did say that they liked me at tight end, but they knew I could make a play on defense. He went on to say they loved my ability to catch the ball and my physicality in my blocking.

"I'm starting to hear a lot about Vanderbilt since my offer. I know it's the top school in the SEC as far as academics are concerned. That's always a good thing to know. I've watched a couple of games this year to get an idea of their offense and what they do. A good friend of mine, Nifae Lealao from Sacramento, goes there and has nothing but good things to say about it. Being out there would be something different for me so I'd definitely want to visit to get a feel for the area but it could be a good experience for me."

Asiasi's first SEC offer came from Tennessee, a program he says he's also excited about, but he's been hearing mostly from Pac-12 programs.

"Washington State was the first school to offer me on defense," Asiasi said. "Playing defensive is something I've worked hard on in the off-season. In our game with Byrnes, that was on ESPN, I had five tackles and a couple of sacks. This is my first year as the main tight end. Last year, I shared time with a senior. In the off-season I worked a lot on my route running, my blocking, and stayed hours in the weight room lifting. I've brought a lot of confidence into this season from having done all of that work."

Pac-12 offers from Asiasi include Cal, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State. It will be hard for a school to lure Asiasi away from the West Coast, but he says he's willing to consider all comers.

"If it's the right place with the right environment, a strong football program, and great educational opportunities then the location doesn't matter to me," he explained. "I'm just looking for a good place that feels like a second home to me. My first Big Ten offer was from Illinois and I'm taking a look at them. I'd have to say that right now I'm pretty open to everybody. I've just been so busy that this summer I wasn't able to make it to any campuses. I think I'm going to do that this summer because I'd like to have my decision made before the start of my senior season."

Many publications have De La Salle ranked in the top five in the country after a 5-0 start and beating schools like Jesuit and Brynes in convincing fashion on national television. The Spartans look highly motivated this season after a close loss to St. John's Bosco in the 2013 CIF Open Division Championship game.

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