Top Junior TE may Visit Down South

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.

Keeping an optimistic approach about the season is exactly what Scout.com four-star junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is doing right now in regards to his team. The Gig Harbor (WA) football team, according to Jenkins is fighting hard on the gridiron, but seem to be falling short.

But this week, all of that could change.

"This season so far, we have struggled as a team. Right now we are 3-5," Seferian-Jenkins said. "But a win this Thursday, and we can clinch a playoff spot. We would get he fifth seed."

Lots of factors play into the team win/loss record. Seferian-Jenkins explained it.

On last year's squad, it was mostly compromised of seniors, with the exception of himself. So majority of the players in the starting roles in 2009 are first-year varsity players. 

"Lots of the guys playing were on junior varsity last year so we are still adjusting," Seferian-Jenkins said. "We are getting better and looking forward to getting that playoff spot this week."

While the 6-foot-7, 249-pound Seferian-Jenkins is working hard trying to help the team get more wins, he will likely keep up the production that he already contributes.

There is always the possibility is doing and getting better, but Seferian-Jenkins has 46 receptions for 752 yards and five touchdowns. 

Putting up these kinds of numbers has brought a lot of national attention his way. As of today, Seferian-Jenkins has 17 offers in hand and the list will likely continue as the season goes on. For the moment, there are no favorites for the top prep star as it is still early in the process.

But there are a few programs that are putting on a full court press in hopes of landing him in a couple of years.

"Definitely Florida is recruiting me the hardest. Then I would have to say Oklahoma, Tennessee and Colorado," Seferian-Jenkins said. 

Of course the home-state Washington program is one that he will, if not already, become closely acquainted with. He has seen the Huskies take on USC, Idaho and LSU already. He has not made solidified plans for any games just yet.

But he does have a few preliminary plans for the month of November.

"I'm really thinking about going to Oklahoma. I want to try and catch the game against Texas A&M," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I also look to visit California-Berkeley, but not sure when."

He looks to get more information on all of the schools recruiting him, but his Big 12 South offer has already somewhat caught his attention.

"I really like Oklahoma. I like the work that coach (Kevin) Wilson is doing," Seferian-Jenkins said. "He does well with the tight ends and has put a few of them into the NFL. What he has done with Jermaine Gresham is great. 

"Oklahoma is showing a lot of interest. I get something in the mail from them everyday."


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