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Seferian-Jenkins talks Texas

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Elite programs from across the country have already offered Austin Seferian-Jenkins and the Gig Harbor, Wash., tight end can basically pick any college and play there so what is it about Texas - one of the only high-level schools that hasn't offered - that stands out so much?
Seferian-Jenkins has asked himself the same question and came up with two answers. It's easy to now see why the Longhorns are on top for him.
"It's two questions for me to answer of why Texas is so special," Seferian-Jenkins said. "How many good quarterbacks do they have? A lot.
"And the second question is how many other schools on their junior day when they offer kids do they get 20-something commits right away or in the next couple weeks? It shows you how big of a place it is and how special a place it is. With so many guys committing it speaks for itself. It's something you want to be a part of."
The Longhorns are legitimately Seferian-Jenkins' favorite and Texas is starting to get more involved, recently dispatching tight ends coach Bruce Chambers to Gig Harbor to check out the 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect.
It was another important step to pick up an offer because almost everyone who sees Seferian-Jenkins work out immediately recognizes he's arguably the best tight end nationally. He was by far the best player at the recent Eugene NIKE Camp - regardless of position.
"(Chambers) came up and it was good," Seferian-Jenkins said. "It was really nice. I couldn't really speak to him but I had a good impression. He seemed like a good guy. He talked to my coach, watched my film and he liked it and then he came out and watched me do my agility work. I had two good 40-times for my size so I was really excited.
"He said, 'This guy is a freak athlete.' I'm 260 pounds, I run a 4.65, so that's pretty good and my coach said that (Chambers) said he's excited for Austin to come down to Austin to show everyone else what he saw. He's really excited, I'm really excited and it's going to be a really good experience."
Seferian-Jenkins is planning to attend Texas' summer camp so he can work out for the rest of the coaching staff, check out the campus and maybe even pick up an offer -finally. Even with offers from almost everywhere, Seferian-Jenkins said he's more than fine with traveling to Texas to earn a scholarship.
"That's fair enough," he said. "I'll probably be able to make the camp and if I'm not able to it's because of my mom. I'm not going to go by myself. I want to go with my mom because I'm serious about it. It would be something good for me to do and that's what they want me to do and I have no problem with that. I understand that."
Florida was a previous favorite for Seferian-Jenkins but Texas has surpassed every other school at this point. Washington, Alabama, California, LSU, UCLA and Southern Cal are also being considered.
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