It is going to be a busy spring for top 2011 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has already visited Southern Cal and UCLA, and plans a whole bunch of other trips as he tries to narrow his list to a more manageable number.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end from Gig Harbor, Wash., said in late March and early April he will visit Miami, Florida, Florida State and possibly South Florida. He's also going to try to see Notre Dame and Oklahoma this spring.
Seferian-Jenkins, who's already accepted an invitation to play in next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has offers from across the country and this spring tour is an attempt to start narrowing his focus to 10-15 favorites. Some schools are already showing more love than others.
"I've talked to Notre Dame and they seem like they really want me there," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Coach (Mike) Denbrock visited my school and he's talked to my coach. They definitely want me. Stanford is recruiting me really hard. They definitely want me there. Same with Oklahoma and UCLA are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest and Miami and Florida.
"I'm letting everything come in. I'm taking it stride by stride. I'm going to wait until after the spring evaluation period. After the spring evaluation period, I'll see all the schools that visited and I'll take all the trips I want to take. I'm going to make a top 10, top 15, and then go from there and make my five officials."
Although he's closest to Washington location-wise, Seferian-Jenkins said the Huskies aren't "recruiting me that hard," and that they are "just like a normal school, just like everyone else."
It's a similar situation with Southern Cal. The new coaches have not reached out much yet to Seferian-Jenkins as first-year coach Lane Kiffin tries to finish off the Trojans' 2010 recruiting class.
"I haven't really been recruited by the new staff yet," Seferian-Jenkins said. "If they come by, they come by but if they don't, they don't. I'm not going to die if they don't come to see me."
Florida and Oklahoma had long been considered two favorites for Seferian-Jenkins, but he said that's no longer the case and that he's wide open heading into his spring visits. The Gators and Sooners are two of the teams recruiting him the hardest but he's going to give each program a fair shake.
"I don't really have a top anymore," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I used to really like them both a real lot but all the schools are really even. I'm just waiting to see more of the campuses and the schools and see how they use the tight end because I don't want to go to a school that doesn't really use the tight end."
Even though he has more than two dozen offers, Seferian-Jenkins said there are still schools that haven't reached out that he would like to hear from. Texas, Ohio State and Michigan top that list.