There is a very good argument for Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-7, 250, 4.71) from Gig Harbor, Wash., to be the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect. There just aren't that many people with the size, speed, hands and athleticism that Seferian-Jenkins possesses.
Seferian-Jenkins is an outstanding all around athlete who also plays basketball and is getting a little bit of recruiting attention for his skills on the hardwood. Washington, Washington State, Pepperdine, Lehigh, Montana, Portland, Portland State and all of the Ivy League schools are interest in Seferian-Jenkins as a basketball player.
As a football player Seferian-Jenkins was selected first-team All-American, first-team all-state, first-team all-area, and first-team all-league after hauling in 62 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Though Seferian-Jenkins plays wide receiver on the high school level, he projects and is being recruited as a tight end.
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On the recruiting front, Seferian-Jenkins has somewhere in the vicinity of 22 scholie offers for his talents as a football player.
Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Idaho, BYU, Cal, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington, and Washington State all are known offers. It is a pretty good bet that there will be a lot more before Seferian-Jenkins makes his decision. He is not narrowing his college choices down as of yet.
Some schools that are expected to offer in the very near future are Alabama, Florida State, South Florida and more.
Will the talented tight end be taking in any junior days or go on any unofficial trips this spring?
"I don't know right now because I'm playing in my basketball season ," Seferian-Jenkins said. "We're in the playoffs so it depends on how we do.
"It looks like, hopefully, we make state, so I don't expect to make any junior days," Seferian-Jenkins said. "But I will make some unofficial visits.
"I will be unofficially visiting Miami of Florida, Florida, and Florida State through March 25 to April 4th or something like that," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Then I'm doing the NIKE Camp in Miami, Florida.
"I plan to visit Oklahoma and I plan to visit Notre Dame," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I plan to visit almost every school that I'm interested in.
"I'll probably visit Clemson," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I like Clemson and what they are doing. There are some schools I know for sure that I will be visiting before the end of June.
"I'm also going to visit Alabama," Seferian-Jenkins said. "They'll be offering me in the next couple of weeks.
Seferian-Jenkins admittedly likes the south, but are there any Pac 10 teams that he likes?
"I have interest in UCLA," Seferian-Jenkins said. "The Pac 10 school that I'm mostly interested in is UCLA and then probably Cal and little bit Washington.
A lifelong resident of Seattle, it appears that Seferian-Jenkins could be a rare big time Washingtonian football recruit to leave the state for school.
"I do want to see other parts of the states, and if I find the right place somewhere out of Washington and if Washington ends up not being the right fit then I will go somewhere else," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I'm not going to make a big deal out of it because if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit and then I'll go somewhere like Alabama, Oklahoma or Notre Dame."
Seferian-Jenkins appears to be very well organized and has his offseason already mapped out.
"I kind of sat down with my mom after my freshman year in football when I was offered four or five scholarships," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I didn't want to be overwhelmed. You know how some kids get overwhelmed with the process and take it all the way to the end and thinking everyone loves them.
"The coaches love you right now and they are going to be your friend, but they're not as nice once you get there," Seferian-Jenkins said. "They're going to make sure you do your job or you are going to be replaced.
Could Seferian-Jenkins end up being an early commit?
"I don't know yet," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I think I might. If I really feel committed to one school, then I'm just going to commit, so I can help the class and try to make the team even better, but I'm not going to rush it.
"Whenever it feels right, then I'll make my choice," Seferian-Jenkins said. "It could be a month from now or it could be signing day, so I really don't know yet, but I'm almost 100 percent sure it won't be signing day."
What is Seferian-Jenkins looking for in a College?
"A school with great academics, a good coaching staff and most importantly how they use the tight end" Seferian-Jenkins said. "Also the players who are there, if the players aren't cool and you can't see yourself hanging out with them, I mean these are people you are going to be hanging out for at least the next four years of your life.
"I definitely want to surround myself with people that have a good positive help towards the community," Seferian-Jenkins said. "That helps everyone.
"I don't want be on a team where the players are getting arrested because that will eventually affect you, if you know or not, it will affect you," Seferian-Jenkins said. "So I don't want to be around that.
In the weight room, his current bench is 295 and squats 500. Pretty good numbers when you consider that he's also playing basketball.
Another thing to like about Seferian-Jenkins is, he's an outstanding student who currently carries a cumulative 3.5 GPA.