Posted at 6:15am — 2/7/2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment Devin Asiasi.

Wednesday of the first week of February is signing day for NCAA Division 1 football. The last few years Michigan had precious few opportunities on signing day for the coaches and fans to wait around with baited breath for commitment announcements; either the class content was settled (leaving some anxiety for commit flips), or the usual big timers had long since eliminated Michigan as a destination.

As all know, the above scenario did not play out this year, nothing close, really. There was baited breath-holding for most of the day, as big commitment announcements came in one by one. In the afternoon, Rashan Gary let the entire Michigan fan base collectively exhale with near hurricane force when he named Michigan the school of his choice to pursue education and football.

But soon after, Michigan received a commitment from De La Salle big tight end, Devin Asiasi. This may have been icing on the cake of a big recruiting haul Michigan finalized for the 2016 class. This guy is big, and he acts like the playground bully. Players have nicknames, given and self-appointed. Mongo is a good choice for Devin. Any safety that watches his film is smartly hoping the Michigan staff places him on defense. His listed weight is around 265 pounds (or more) and his height has a big spread, from 6’ 3” to 6’6.

Again, the Michigan staff has signed a top athlete that can play on both sides of the ball. Coach BT likes Asiasi best on offense, while Doc, probably in the sense of sadistic punishment, likes the possibility of slimming Devin down just a little, placing him on a speed and flexibility program, and make life miserable for defenses.

Time will tell how this scenario plays out: maybe in the next few years Asiasi will play both sides, it could happen. His offer sheet consisted of several high profile programs, some perhaps not recruiting him as a tight end since tight end is not so glamorous for some offensive systems in this spread heavy generation.

Devin can best be described as a high four-star prospect by consensus; pretty much a top 100 recruit. He should fit in very well with the football climate in Ann Arbor.

Devin Asiasi
Height: 6’4
Weight: 265
Birthday: August 14, 1997
Number: 16
Current Position: Tight End / Defensive Line
Future Position: Tight End
City/State: Concord, California
High School: De La Salle
Head Coach: Justin Alumbaugh
Recruiter: Jay Harbaugh
Official Visit: 1/22/2016
Committed: 2/3/2016
Top 5 Offers: Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, and USC.
Other Visits: Alabama (1/27/2016), UCLA (11/14/2015), USC (1/29/2016), Washington (1/15/2016).
40-Time: 5.08
20-yard shuttle: 4.61
Vertical: 31.1″
Power Throw: 37.5′
SPARQ Rating: 92.97
GPA: 2.9
All-Star Game: U.S. Army All-American Game and The Opening.
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow Devin Asiasi: On Twitter

Asibo Bangah ‏@asibo_ Feb 3
Thank god for this blessing! Committed to the University of Michigan! #GoBlue

Rankings:

24/7:
ESPN:
Rivals:
Scout:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:



10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.

7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 8 to 8 1/2 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Tim Drevno on Asiasi:

Talk about an explosive player, Devin is a very explosive guy. We have had a great string of tight ends at Stanford and now here at Michigan and he’s right that at the top. I think he run blocks very well and he has great initial quickness and great athletic ability. Devin has the ability to make a play after he catches the ball. I really like his explosiveness as a player. He is going to be a great addition to our tight end corps and how we like to use tight ends in our system.

Michigan Coach Jay Harbaugh on Asiasi:

Devin is an ultra-competitive team guy who has had an illustrious high school career. He won two state championships playing for one of the best high school teams in the country at Concord De La Salle. As a player, he is tenacious, violent and physically bludgeons his opponents. He also has unusual quickness, ball skills and elusiveness for an athlete of his size.

Key Stats:

• Hauled in 17 catches for 311 yards and five touchdowns as a senior
• Finished with 49 tackles, five pass breakups and four sacks during senior year
• Caught 16 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns as a junior
• Registered 33 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and five sacks during junior campaign

Honors:

• Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No. 46 prospect nationally and the 13th-best player in California
• ESPN four-star prospect, the No. 5 prospect in California and No. 44 overall in ESPN 300
• Scout.com four-star prospect, the nation’s fourth-best tight end nationally and No. 1 tight end prospect in the West
• Participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Game
• PrepStar Magazine Top 150 Dream Team, the nation’s No. 67 overall player and a four-star prospect

Overview:

Devin Asiasi is an outstanding two-way player who could play either defensive line or tight end at Michigan. Coach personally likes his defensive film better than the offensive film, but we expect him to end up at tight end. Devin had 16 carries for 96 yards and 1 touchdown over the last three seasons. He also caught 41 passes with 8 touchdowns. On defense, Devin recorded 98 tackles to go along with 15.5 sacks. He is a solid student with a 2.9 GPA.

Strengths:

Devin Asiasi is a good combination of size, strength and athletic ability. He runs very well for his size, but will not win a high-end 100-meter race. Devin also shows a good change of direction and explosiveness out of his breaks, again very nice for a guy his size. Devin is a fundamentally sound online blocker, a must at De La Salle, and is physical beating jams. Devin has good hands and is surprisingly agile and smooth for his size; he does look fluid for a monster type. On defense, Devin shows a solid punch and is a good tackler. Of note is the observation Devin is very physical at the point of attack.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Devin will need to improve his conditioning and perhaps reshape his body. Even though Devin is not strength challenged, like every freshman that needs to block, strength must be upgraded. To be a very effective tight end, Devin will need to upgrade his quickness and move his feet better.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff believes he will likely play his first year. Of Michigan’s three tight end recruits, Devin is most game ready from day one.

Devin Asiasi reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Bennie Joppru — who played Tight End.

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2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot), Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Devin Asiasi to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

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