I’m not sure why more recruiting people aren’t talking about Devin Asiasi.
Perhaps it’s because he is just a part in what is a powerhouse high school football program in De La Salle where there emphasize team over everything else. Maybe it’s because of the position he plays. Tight ends rarely receive high rankings and several teams don’t even have a true tight end in their offensive scheme.
Whatever the reason is, throw it out. More people need to be talking about Asiasi. He’s one of the top prospects in the nation and could be listed as a blue chip recruit on both sides of the football.
Asiasi is already big enough to compete at the college level and developed significantly physically from his sophomore season to now. He has a huge lower half and actually could potentially be in danger of growing out of being a tight end. He’s very agile for his size, but isn’t an explosive athlete. He’s more coordinated and smooth than anything else, although there I do notice a bit more twitchiness when he lined up on defense.
It would be a shock if a player from De La Salle wasn’t a willing blocker and Asiasi is more than willing. He has the potential to be dominant in-line blocker that shows great pop on contact and does well getting to linebackers at the second level. My only small complaint is that he sometimes will only get the pop and not fit his block as well as he should, but he will latch on and drive an opponent into the ground, so it’s just a consistency thing he needs to improve.
He could be a devastating option as a lead blocker or on wham blocks. He brings violence when he hits a defender.
He’s not explosive out of his breaks, but is a solid route runner that uses his body very well to gain separation. He has very good hands and catches the ball away from his body. He’s a weapon over the middle of the field in short and intermediate areas. He’s comfortable to line up in the slot as well as in-line. He’s just so big that safeties and linebackers will struggle to cover him if used properly.
He is really good after the catch, mostly because he is so difficult to tackle. If he has a head of steam going against a defensive back, that DB better go low and hope he can trip up Asiasi or it’s going to look ugly.
He shows out at defensive end as well. He’s got some ability to bend around the edge and can convert speed to power. His first step is very good an he uses his hands well to disengage. His ability to recognize and react to blocks also appears to be advanced for someone his age.
He has a knack for knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage. He has tremendous hand eye coordination.
I think he has a tremendous future ahead of as an in-line tight end, but I actually think his highest ceiling is at defensive line as a five technique defensive end or a three technique tackle.
Recruits who come out of De La Salle are already fundamentally sound compared to a lot of other high school programs and that is definitely the case with Asiasi. I think he has athletic upside though and could become a high level starter on the defensive line as well. His versatility and potential on both sides of the ball make him one of the most intriguing recruits in the country.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).