Sioasi Aiono is not afraid to get physical during one-on-one drills and it looked like Sunday at the Los Angeles Nike Camp that the West Covina (Calif.) South Hills offensive lineman actually enjoyed mixing it up a little bit.
Aiono, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect who has offers from BYU and San Jose State, said playing with no fear is a big part of his game and that it's the only way he can see himself succeeding at the next level.
That type of aggressive mentality could help garner him more offers this spring.
"It's important because that's the only way we can get better, that's all we learn from our coaches so as I go to camps I seek out who's doing really well on defense and meet them in big camps and try to go against them," Aiono said.
"I look forward to it. Some people are shy. I'm not really aggressive until I get on the field. I just look for them. Just knowing that they can make me better and if I go up against them I can get even more of an edge."
Aiono, included in the Rivals 250 to watch list for 2011, was named the offensive line MVP at the Nike Camp which also featured Tyler Johnstone (Colorado offer), Dontae Levingston (Oregon offer), 2012 standout Jordan Simmons from Los Angeles Dorsey and Gresham (Ore.) Barlow recruit John Wolfe, who emerged as one of the top linemen in the Pacific Northwest.
BYU and San Jose State stand out most to Aiono at this point because those two schools have offered and he said Southern Cal, UCLA and Washington are three of his other favorites.
"The environment (at BYU) is great," Aiono said. "It's very welcoming there and with San Jose I only went once to their camp so I was only on the football field but their coaches are really cool."
Aiono, who said he plans to attend more camps this summer in the hopes of picking up even more offers, is also hearing from other Pac-10 schools along with Tennessee, Iowa and other programs on the East Coast. He hopes to make a commitment before his senior season starts if the right situation presents itself.