Three-star offensive guard Silvarius Ajawara (6-4, 305, 5.4) from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Tesoro was one of the offensive line standouts for one of SoCal's most surprising teams in 2008 that played Long Beach (Calif.) Poly in the Southern Section D-I CIF Championship game losing a thriller.
Now a year later, with bunch of youth, Tesoro is a disappointing 3-4, but Ajawara has been playing well. Two of Tesoro's four losses were by three heartbreaking points. Another loss came at the hands of Mission Viejo, Calif., who are crushing everyone they play.
On the recruiting front Ajawara has set up his first visit.
"I'm actually going out to Arizona State this weekend, because I have a Thursday game," Ajawara said. "I plan to go out probably on Friday afternoon sometime and stay out there for the weekend and go to the Cal game, which hopefully should be a really, really good game. They (ASU) said they have been preparing for the game and are pretty excited for it, so I hopefully it is a pretty good game.
"I don't have any other visits planned right now," Ajawara said. "I hope to talk to Washington sometime soon. I will probably call them this week or either Coach Nick Holt hopefully calls me and I can set something up to go up there.
"I don't have any other schools that I am thinking about visiting right now," Ajawara said. "I'm just trying to figure out the rest of the season and not thinking of recruiting much. Right now I am focusing more on my season that anything else."
Ajawara currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, and UCLA.
Ajawara has gone to a couple of UCLA home games this season, and the Bruins are currently embroiled in a four game losing streak, does that come into play regarding Ajawara's recruitment?
"No, not really," Ajawara said. "I know they are a young team and they are really just trying to come together right now. It's pretty much just a learning curve right now. It's kind of the same thing we are going through at Tesoro.
"Arizona State and UCLA are recruiting me the hardest," Ajawara said. "Which they happen to be my top two schools right now."
At this point it appears to be a two school race between ASU and UCLA, with Washington also in play.
Whoever lands Ajawara will be getting a player who was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2010, landing as the Golden State's No. 48 prospect at any position.