HIGHLIGHTS and More: Devin Asiasi

DUBLIN, Calif. -- Devin Asiasi talks about two of his Pac-12 suitors, as well as his performance on Saturday against Pittsburg (Calif.) in the North Coast Section Division I title game.



DUBLIN, Calif. -- While Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 jumbo athlete Devin Asiasi recorded three quarterback pressures, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection on Saturday in the Spartans’ 35-0 North Coast Section Division I title win against Pittsburg (Calif.), it is his work on offense that most schools are drawn to. While De La Salle isn’t much of a passing team – especially with starting quarterback Anthony Sweeney injured – Asiasi (who plays tight end) was still a factor, laying two key blocks that led to touchdowns.

“I’ve been talking to USC, UCLA, Washington, all the same schools,” Asiasi said. “I talk to [California’s] coach [Sonny] Dykes here and there. He DM’d me, and I talked to him.”

The Bears like Asiasi as a tight end, and have talked to him about playing inside receiver.

“They’d widen me out a little bit, and have me attached, that’s what they told me,” Asiasi said. “I feel like they came out better than last year. They’re definitely making progress from last year, so it was good to see that this year.”

Asiasi didn’t just play tight end, inside receiver and defensive end on Saturday. For the second game in a row, he played quarterback, though he only handed the ball off when the game was well in-hand.

“It was different,” Asiasi smiled. “I had to step up and take care of the job, and we did. Sweeney’s been out since our Foothill game, and then [Chris] Vanderklugt hurt his hip. They wanted to see me there, if we ever run something down the road.”

At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, Asiasi would be very difficult to bring down as a wildcat quarterback, just as he is tough to block on defense, and tough to stop as a tight end.

“I’m trying,” he laughed.

Asiasi has been to USC twice in recent weeks, visiting after the game against Cal, and then recently during the Trojans’ game against Notre Dame.

“That was crazy,” Asiasi said of the rivalry. “I’ve been watching that game since I was a kid. That rivalry, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart played in it, it was just a great experience to be there in person.”

As for more visits? Asiasi said that he and his father will sit down and plan out a few, but he doesn’t have an idea where.

“Not right now, though, because we’ve got a big game ahead of us,” Asiasi said.

Asiasi and the Spartans will face off against Corona (Calif.) Centennial in the state open division bowl game, and Asiasi knows that the Huskies can score.

“I’ve heard they have a really nice offense,” Asiasi said.


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