SAN ANTONIO — Devin Asiasi is not used to all this attention.
Asiasi is accustomed to reporters swarming around him and has grown comfortable with the attention poured upon him by all the coaches that are actively recruiting the 6-foot-4, 270-pound tight end.
It’s all the passes he got Monday during the first day of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that had him a bit discombobulated.
“Right now it’s different for me,” Asiasi said. “I didn’t really play that much of a receiving tight end, but coming out here and getting a lot of touches, I’m just slowly getting used to it.”
As the only tight end listed on the West’s roster, he is going to get a lot more touches leading up to Saturday’s game at the Alamodome.
“I love getting the reps and I loved getting the routes down,” he said. “It was good for me.”
Asiasi is the 50th best prospect in the nation and is rated as the fourth-best tight end by 247 Sports.
His strength, speed and versatility have made Asiasi a highly recruited prospect. He was a standout at tight end as a senior for De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.), but also excelled at defensive end. He has been recruited as a defensive lineman, but decided he wants to stay on offense.
“A lot of people are saying defense, but I’m trying to focus on tight end right now,” Asiasi said. “That’s really where my heart is right now. That’s really where I’m trying to focus my game on.”
Asiasi has narrowed his choices to Alabama, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington. He said he will announce his decision on Feb. 3 during National Signing Day.
Many are predicting Asiasi will stay close to home and choose between USC or UCLA, but he said he is not close to making a decision.
“I wouldn’t say each have an edge,” he said. “They are both in it right now. But once I go down there and figure it out and see if I can put myself in those places and figure out which school is best for me.”
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Asiasi visited UCLA with De La Salle teammate Boss Tagaloa on Dec. 11 and plans on bringing the highly-recruited defensive lineman when he visits USC on Jan. 29.
“He’s definitely coming to visit with me,” Asiasi said. “I told him. I went to UCLA with him, so he definitely has to come with me to USC.”
While the two friends have discussed continuing playing together, their recruitment is not a package deal.
“We’re not going go out of our way and commit to one school just because we’re not,” Asiasi said. “We’re trying to focus on ourselves and what the best fit is for ourselves.”
And right now Asiasi is focused on ways to become a better tight end. He had hoped to trim down this season from 275 pounds to 255, but was unable to do so.
“It didn’t happen, it didn’t happen,” Asiasi said. “Hopefully I can get back to 260, 265. (But) I don’t think I should focus on getting my weight down I think I should just focus on getting stronger.”
Asiasi could hit his new weight goal this week considering all the work he is putting in.