Seifrig comes on strong after camps

When you talk about the best wideouts in the nation Cole Seifrig is one name that many do not think of right off, but he could be a household name one day.

At 6-2, 190 pounds, Seifrig has incredible all-around ability. He plays running back, receiver, and free safety for his Heritage Hills High School team. Seifrig has also been known to throw passes off of reverses. He has legitimate 4.4 speed and has a prototype frame for the college game.

Despite living in Indiana, Seifrig is seriously considering coming South to play college football.

It's a long way from Tuscaloosa to Seifrig's hometown of Lincoln City, Indiana, but he and his parents made the drive so that they could attend last Saturday's one-day camp. "The Tide coaches are great," Seifrig told "I really liked each one that I met."

Having watched film of Seifrig in action, we came away with the following impressions. In his high school games, Seifrig displays a physical running style that allows him to break numerous tackles when he carries the ball out of the backfield or after he catches a pass. The lanky wideout improvises on plays, depending on the defensive set up, and he blocks well enough to make opposing defenses pay for selling out on the blitz.

The first defender rarely tackles Seifrig. And when he gets in open field, he uses his speed to "walk off," leaving the defense staring at his heels. A threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball, Seifrig has to be accounted for on each play by the defense or he will make them pay.

A multiple threat athlete who has won games running the ball, as a receiver, returning punts, returning kickoffs, and also throwing passes; Seifrig is a winner. He's only suffered one defeat in his high school career and it was to the state championship team his junior year.

He is a three year starter who is somewhat hidden in the Midwest, but his performance at recent Alabama and Vanderbilt camps has really opened some eyes.

His junior year Seifrig was selected to the All Area Team, All State Team, and was also named the Most Valuable Player of his Conference.

Seifrig impressed onlookers at Alabama's recent mini-camp with his size, speed and sure-handed receptions.

He has been measured at a 32-inch vertical jump and that allows him to gain the advantage over generally shorter cornerbacks.

Seifrig is also a multi-sport athlete. He averaged 17 points a game in basketball as a sophomore before giving up the sport his junior year. He still plays baseball (2nd Base) where he had 35 hits (eight doubles, four triples and four Home Runs) in 76 at-bats, scoring 28 runs. He posted 29 RBI's, had a .829 slugging percentage, and stole 15 bases in 18 attempts as a junior. Seifrig may try and play two sports at the college level, but his future appears stronger in football.

Seifrig bench presses 250 pounds and squats 390. He carries a 3.5 GPA, plus he has scored 1030 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT.

His recruitment has picked up heavily in recent weeks, but he seems most interested in Alabama, Stanford, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Purdue, Clemson, Ole Miss, and Ball State. "Alabama is a major football school," Seifrig said. "When we were walking into the stadium out of the tunnel, I was like in awe of the place. It felt great!"

Seifrig has some amazing stats, rivaling the likes of Tim Castille over a two-year period.

Year Carries  Yards  Tds  Avg per carry / Passing yds  Catches  Yards  TDs  Avg
So.    78       770   14     9.95             124        39      698    9   17.9
Jr.   169      1321   24     7.8               14        31      561    3   18.1
Total 247      2091   38     8.5              138        70     1259   12   18.0

      PR Yds  Tds  Avg  /  KOR Yds  Avg  / Points Scored /  Total Yardage
So.    300     3   25.0      87     29.0        170             1979
Jr.    209     1   19.0     230     28.7        178             2335
Total  509     4   22.1     317     28.8        348             4314

      Tackles / TFLs / Int's / Fumbles rec. /  Passes broken up
So.     98       2      6          1               0
Jr.     75       1      8          1               5 
Total  173       3     14          2               5

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