West Coast TE a National Name

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with Oklahoma target Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Gig Harbor High School in Washington.

For all of the elite junior football players across the country, Sept 1 was an exciting day. Many of them were likely making their way to coach's offices and home mailboxes to see if they could solidify the good news that was already articulated to them.

One athlete who will likely be a national recruit is Gig Harbor (WA) tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. As stated above, good news was on the way. And for Seferian-Jenkins, plenty was waiting for him.

"I had a good day. I had 16 official offers that came yesterday and today," Seferian-Jenkins said in a September 2 interview. "It's a really exciting time and I'm going to enjoy it."

This upcoming Friday, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Seferian-Jenkins and the Gig Harbor team will line up for their first game and the anticipation is building. Seferian-Jenkins mentioned that he is "definitely prepared, ready, and looking forward to" playing in his first game of 2009.

It's pretty clear that Seferian-Jenkins will be one of the most sought-after athletes for the class of 2011, as the results speak for themselves.

But for Seferian-Jenkins, just having an ‘elite' label is not good enough.

"There are a lot of good football players in the Washington and I believe that we are a little underrated," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I mean there aren't as many as you would find in other parts of the country, but when you line up against and elite guy, he is solid. For me, I don't want there to be any doubt about what I can do.

"It's not enough to be named elite. I feel like to be in that category, you have to practice elite and don't take any plays off. That way when anybody sees you, there is no doubts."

It's obvious that many placing Seferian-Jenkins in the upper echelon, and it seems as though nearly 20 (and surely many more) college coaches think the same way.

For the moment, Seferian-Jenkins said that all of the Pac-10 has offered expect for USC. Boise State, Florida, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Notre Dame are just some of the others. No favorites named by Seferian-Jenkins, but there were a few that came in that caught his attention.

"Definitely, Oklahoma, Florida, and Notre Dame. I was really hoping for those three," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Those are all big-time programs and it felt good to get the official papers on those."

Seferian-Jenkins said that he maintains good relationships with the coaches from all three programs and spoke about the good things of each. For Notre Dame, he spoke of the greatness of the program and how the Irish work well with tight ends and Florida's tight ends coach and he have a good relationship and the Gators winning the title is one of many bright spots for them.

With Oklahoma, he has seen what the Sooners can also do with a tight end.

"Oklahoma is definitely a big-time program and use a tight end. The Sooners have done well with a guy named Jermaine Gresham," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I think that I could work well in that program as a tight end and I like the way they get them the ball. And, I have a good relationship with coach (Bob) Stoops and coach (Kevin) Wilson."

In his sophomore season, Seferian-Jenkins caught 19 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. With all of these early offers, he does plan to make a few rounds.

But he will start local first.

"This weekend, I will go and see Washington versus LSU. I will be able to check both teams out so that is good," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I don't know exactly when I plan on making other trips, but before the summer, I will at least make it to those three places I mentioned (Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida)."

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