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Cal football recruiting: Devin Asiasi has Bears in his top 8

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Cal basketball snagged local star Ivan Rabb, can Cal football follow their lead and lockdown one of the best prospects in the state?

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Cal football's 2016 recruiting class currently has 16 commitments, and the Bears are making progress with a big fish from their own backyard. Concord (Ca.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi announced his top eight schools, and Cal made the cut.

Asiasi, listed at 6'5 and around 265 pounds, is a much bigger tight end than Cal currently has on the roster. He would certainly add a different dynamic to the Cal inside receiver position should he choose the Bears.

Here is how Asiasi ranks among the various recruiting services:

ESPN (TE)

  • Overall: 9 (5 stars, 91 overall grade)
  • State: 1
  • Position: 1

Scout (TE)

  • Overall: 121 (4 stars)
  • State: 19
  • Position: 6

Rivals (TE)

  • Overall: 124 (4 stars)
  • State: 23
  • Position: 5

247Sports (ATH)

  • Overall: 98 (4 stars)
  • State: 11
  • Position: 6

Cal faces stiff competition for Asiasi's commitment as top programs from all around the nation are in his top 8. Let's take a look at the competition:

Alabama: The Crimson Tide are a big draw for every recruit given their recent success on the field and in sending players to the NFL. Asiasi visited Alabama in April and one of their coaches tweeted a graphic of Asiasi in the Crimson Tide uniform ... so, I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.

California: While eventually playing in the NFL is one of Asiasi's goals, he seems to be driven by academics, family and obtaining a great degree. Hopefully strong academics and being close to home are enough to convince Asiasi that Berkeley is the place to be.

Miami: The Hurricanes have been able to reel in 6 players from California during the last three recruiting seasons, so don't count them out at this point.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh has connections to the west coast from his time at Stanford, but has so far managed to pull only one recruit from California for Michigan's 2016 class.

Oregon and Washington made the cut as well and received unofficial visits in April. Asiasi has also visited California, Alabama and USC.

UCLA and USC are both in for Asiasi, and it appears USC are the favorites according to 247Sports' crystal ball predictions. At this point, though, who really knows what the kid is thinking? Recruiting experts have been wrong before.

On a side note, when did this trend of using emojis and posting each cut throughout the recruiting process on Twitter begin? It must have happened in the last couple of years because I do not remember seeing this sort of thing until very recently. Anyways, Asiasi is going to have to step up his game when he does decide to commit because this kid from Michigan just took football recruiting to an entirely new level of ridiculousness. Don't read the article in the link until after you watch the video, it ruins the ending (which is totally the best part). Unintentionally hilarious, for sure.