Devin Asiasi

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Devin Asiasi
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Asiasi with UCLA in 2018
No. 86 – New England Patriots
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1997-08-14) August 14, 1997 (age 23)
San Mateo, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:De La Salle High School (Concord, California)
College:UCLA
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receptions:2
Receiving yards:39
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Devin Timothy Soane Asiasi (born August 14, 1997) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA. He was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Born in San Mateo, California and raised in the Shoreview community, Asiasi played high school football on both offense and defense at De La Salle High School in Concord, California.[1][2] During his senior season, he hauled in 17 catches for 311 yards and five touchdowns on offense, and finished with 49 tackles, five pass breakups and four sacks on defense. He participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[3][4]

He was rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com, and was ranked by ESPN as the No. 3 tight end in college football's incoming Class of 2016 and the No. 44 overall player in the 2016 ESPN 300.[5]

College career[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Asiasi was personally recruited by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh during a visit to De La Salle High School in January 2016.[6] On February 3, 2016, he committed to play college football for the Michigan Wolverines.[7][8][9][10]

On September 24, 2016, Asiasi scored his first college touchdown in a victory over Penn State.[11] He finished the season with two catches for 18 yards and one touchdown.

Following his freshman season, Asiasi transferred to UCLA. He transferred to be closer to his home in Shoreview, California.[12]

UCLA[edit]

After sitting out the 2017 season due to transfer rules, Asiasi made his debut for the Bruins in 2018.[13] He finished the season with six receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown.

He saw a much greater role in 2019, playing in 12 games and netting 44 receptions for 641 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had 141 yards against USC, his first 100-yard game.[13]

Professional career[edit]

Asiasi was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots with the 91st overall pick.[14] He was placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2020.[15] Asiasi was activated off of injured reserve on December 10.[16] During the Patriots' Week 17 game against the New York Jets on January 3, 2021, Asiasi recorded the first two receptions of his career and his first receiving touchdown during the 28–14 win.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Asiasi is of Samoan and Tongan descent. Asiasi’s father is Dave Asiasi and his mother is Malia Pita Mapa. Asiasi is the oldest of seven siblings. Sisters Savanah Mapa, Nevaeh Asiasi, Nyana Asiasi. Brothers Simon Mapa, Dylan Asiasi, Daryion Asiasi. (Stepfather)Blaine Mapa,(Stepmother) Nettie Lennon Asiasi. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devin Asiasi". UCLA. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "What Tight End Devin Asiasi Had To Say After Getting Drafted By Patriots". WBZ-TV. April 25, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Dominguez, Raul (January 4, 2016). "For Army All-American Devin Asiasi, the choice is offense over defense". USA Today. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Sayles, Damon (May 19, 2015). "Family-Driven Devin Asiasi Using Football to Chase a College Degree". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 ESPN 300". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh Meets With De La Salle HS Prospects". CBS. January 19, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Four-star TE Devin Asiasi commits to Michigan". Sports Illustrated. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Snyder, Mark (February 3, 2016). "U-M lands another California recruit in four-star TE". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Four-star TE Devin Asiasi picks Michigan on signing day". Mlive.com. February 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Craig Haubert (February 3, 2016). "Scout's Take: TE Devin Asiasi to Michigan". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Cali Cool in Michigan Blue: Harbaughs convince 270-pound Asiasi to come across country". Detroit Free Press. September 29, 2016. p. C7.
  12. ^ Nathan, Alec (March 9, 2017). "Devin Asiasi Transfers to UCLA from Michigan". Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Williams, James H. (September 8, 2020). "UCLA's Joshua Kelley, Darnay Holmes and Devin Asiasi named to 53-man NFL rosters". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Yang, Nicole (April 24, 2020). "The Patriots select Devin Asiasi with 91st pick overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft". Boston.com. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Patriots Acquire WR Isaiah Ford in a Trade with Miami; Announce Additional Roster Moves". Patriots.com. November 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Patriots Activate TE Devin Asiasi to the 53-man Roster; Place TE Ryan Izzo on Injured Reserve". Patriots.com. December 10, 2020.
  17. ^ "New York Jets at New England Patriots - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  18. ^ Marchiano, Brian (July 29, 2015). "Tagaloa and Asiasi – SNN: Samoan News Network". YouTube. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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