Austin Seferian-Jenkins has narrowed his list to a final eight and although many of the schools that remain are no surprise the one on top might catch a few that have followed his recruitment a little off-guard.
"Texas would be at the top even though they haven't offered," Seferian-Jenkins said. "They're pretty far up there and they have a really good program. I'm talking to coach (Bruce) Chambers a lot now. It's really exciting for them to recruit me and they have a really good school and they run a similar offense to my high school that I run right now so it would be an easy transition for me."
So what will it take for Seferian-Jenkins to get a Texas offer?
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"I'll get offered if I keep doing the things I'm supposed to be doing - keep working hard in school because I know the coaches there are big into that and just giving them good film," he said.
"I know I have good film because I haven't given anyone my junior highlight tape yet so I'm going to give them my first junior highlight tape and hopefully they'll like it. I'm going to do that on Friday and it might result in an offer if I go down and visit. We'll see. I'm excited."
Seferian-Jenkins is a 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end from Gig Harbor, Wash., who said it would almost be a "dream scenario" if Texas offered. Rivals.com considers Seferian-Jenkins one of the top tight ends in the 2011 class after he caught 62 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
He said recently at the Eugene NIKE Camp that the Longhorns had emerged as one of his favorites after assistant coach Major Applewhite contacted him.
Seferian-Jenkins visited Texas between his freshman and sophomore years but it was much too early to get seriously recruited at the time. The Washington recruit was clearly the top prospect at the Eugene NIKE Camp and used his size and underrated footwork to dominate smaller cornerbacks during one-on-ones.
In part because of tight ends coach Brian White, Florida was presumed to be the frontrunner for Seferian-Jenkins, who also had UCLA and Cal high on his list, but now Texas has leapfrogged all those schools and has claimed the top spot.
Seferian-Jenkins' complete top eight is Texas, Washington, UCLA, Cal, USC, Alabama, Florida and LSU. Those are the only programs he will consider from here until he makes his commitment.
"I narrowed it down because those are the best schools for me," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I chose the top eight schools that would benefit me in the long run and help me become a better football player and give me a good academic chance."