Passing Down: Asiasi Chooses Army Game
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Four-star jumbo athlete Devin Asiasi and his Kenion Training Elite 7-on-7 team made it to the semifinals of the Passing Down NorCal Regional on Sunday, and while KT Elite didn’t make the finals, they did punch their ticket to the Best of the West Passing Down finals in Fullerton, Calif., next month. Asiasi – out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle – also accepted his invitation to participate in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex., during the mid-day break in the event, and was presented with his ceremonial jersey.
“It’s just a blessing, getting invited to one of the top all-star games in the country, growing up watching the guys that made it to the NFL and looking up to those guys, it’s just a blessing,” said Asiasi, who is coached on the 7on team by former Spartan Maurice Jones-Drew, who recently retired from the NFL. “I talked to Maurice a little bit about it, but I haven’t talked to my coach about it, but I will during the spring.”
The most ardent pursuers lately for Asiasi are a who’s who of college football: Auburn, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington, but those aren’t the only schools vying for his attention.
“I talk to Notre Dame a lot, and Alabama. I’m going back and forth with them,” Asiasi said. “Once I go check out those schools, I think I’ll have a good view of where I want to go.”
At the beginning of April, Asiasi said he will visit Oregon, Oregon State and Washington, and after that, he said, “I’ll probably go to Alabama.”
Recently, Asiasi attended the elite junior day at nearby California, which has offered him and his teammate Boss Tagaloa.
“I went to Cal’s junior day. I loved it,” he said. “Talking to the coaches there, I really liked it, and it’s one of the schools that I want to get to know better. I got a little session with them, seeing what they’re going to do with me. They’re up there, because before I went there, they weren’t really high on my list, but when I talked with them, they showed me what they wanted to do with me.”
Asiasi said that head coach Sonny Dykes’s pitch included film of his former pupil at Arizona, Rob Gronkowski, since the Bears want Asiasi as a tight end – as do all schools except UCLA, which wants him as a defensive end.
“Coach Dykes showed me a lot of stuff that he did with Gronkowski at Arizona, and he showed me a lot of clips of what they were doing with him, at outside wide receiver, isolating him and just killing people. It looked good for me,” said Asiasi, whose primary recruiter is newly-named inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler. “Coach Peeler, that’s my boy. I love to go back and forth with him, touching base with each other and getting to know each other more, and getting an idea of what they want to do with me, and all that.
“He’s a good guy, he’s a really good guy. He’s straight-up with me. He’s telling me what they’re going to do with me. I’m going to have an opportunity to play my freshman year, and all that, and he’s straight up with me.”
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