October 27, 2008

Super sophomore sitting on two offers

While the Evergreen State's 2010 class is shaping up to be an outstanding one, so is the 2011 class, with standouts like Gig Harbor's Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Jenkins, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect, received his first verbal offer from Washington in August and added his second verbal offer from Stanford on his 16th birthday.

"Stanford offered me on my birthday, September 29th. I was startled and very thankful - I'm very thankful for every school that takes interest in my services. I was humbled, I'm always humbled," expressed Seferian-Jenkins. "Coach Tim Drevino came to my school and talked to my coach. He watched my tape and I was told to call him. When I called him, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh got on the phone and said he wanted to verbally offer me a scholarship."

Aside from the Huskies and the Cardinal, several other Pac-10 schools are recruiting Seferian-Jenkins.

"Aside from Washington and Stanford, UCLA, Oregon and Washington State are recruiting me the most. Those three schools usually send me a letter every couple of weeks or so. I definitely feel an offer coming from Washington State and Oregon and I think Arizona State may be close to offering. I'm not sure about UCLA, but they keep sending me stuff saying they're interested. USC also sends me a questionnaire every once in awhile," explained Seferian-Jenkins. "I'm open to all schools right now, they're all equal. All schools are strictly recruiting me for tight end. I might grow a little and play a tackle, tight end hybrid, but I plan on playing tight end."

While his future in college most certainly resides at either tight end or on the offensive line, it is wide receiver that Seferian-Jenkins plays primarily for the Tides, who are off to a 7-1 start and ranked seventh in WashingtonPreps.com 4A state rankings.

"I usually play the first series at tight end and the rest of the game as a receiver, but I feel that I'm more suited to play tight end - you don't see too many 6-foot-7, 250-pound receivers," said Seferian-Jenkins. "Our team is doing good. We're working hard in practice and it's showing on Friday nights, but we still haven't hit out peak yet. My season has been going alright. When the ball comes my way, I catch it and make plays happen."

Seferian-Jenkins recently made the trip to Husky Stadium this past weekend to watch the Huskies battle the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While the game was certainly a tough one to watch for anyone rooting for Washington, Seferian-Jenkins was able to draw some positives in the 33-7 Husky loss.

"Notre Dame is a good football team - good coach and really good quarterback. Washington struggled defensively and couldn't get it going on offense," said Seferian-Jenkins. "But I've got to say, even though they weren't doing too good, they were still fired up, still trying to get better every single play, and I like that."

However, Seferian-Jenkins didn't like the boos heard from the Washington faithful throughout the contest.

"It made me upset that they were booing Tyrone Willingham. To think that they can boo someone they don't even know," expressed Seferian-Jenkins. "He's trying really hard. They're not winning, but for the fans to do that kind of thing made me upset. I felt a lot of disrespect."

It's pretty much a given that Willingham will not be coaching the Huskies next season, and with each added loss, it looks like he may not even coach the remainder of this season. And while Seferian-Jenkins would prefer that Willingham were kept at Washington, his departure won't affect the sophomore's outlook towards the Huskies. But make no mistake that Seferian-Jenkins will take interest in whatever school hires Willingham.

"I don't think it will change that much [if Willingham is let go]. I still like U-Dub a lot, because it's near home. I like the facilities and I love the players," said Seferian-Jenkins. "I'm still going to be very interested in Washington. Hopefully the new coach will still be interested in me, because I'll still be very interested in Washington. But I know that wherever Tyrone Willingham goes, I'll definitely be interested in that school."

Seferian-Jenkins, who has also been to the Oklahoma game and plans on attending the Arizona State and UCLA games, feels the Huskies will be much improved next season and very good in 2010.

"I think the Huskies are going to be a good team next year, and it should be credited to Tyrone Willingham, because of the young talent he's brought in," expressed Seferian-Jenkins. "I think they'll be a lot better next year and two years from now, I think they'll be contending for a major bowl."

Seferian-Jenkins has only visited Montlake, but plans on visiting Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon in the summer of 2009.

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