TE Seferian-Jenkins has Card in elite eight

Forty-five minutes southwest of Seattle is Gig Harbor, Wash., and in Gig Harbor, one finds four-star 2011 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Scout's No. 4 tight end in his class, Seferian-Jenkins has a top eight which includes Stanford, and he is on the verge of further narrowing his candidate schools to three to five leaders.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is 6-foot-7, 245 pounds and reports offers from schools including Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, California, Stanford, Boise State, Idaho, BYU, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Vanderbilt. Per a story from Scout.com's Texas affiliate, after UCLA and Texas visits, Seferian-Jenkins will cut to a list of three to five. He also told Texas' Scout.com reporter, "I'm looking for a school that will better me for the next forty years, not just the next four," which sounds suspiciously like a line the Stanford coaching staff has been telling recruits for a few years now.

Perhaps that's not entirely a coincidence. Stanford originally did not have a spot in Seferian-Jenkins' top eight, though Seferian-Jenkins did call the Cardinal a "wildcard" (which, incidentally, needs to be what Stanford calls its wildcat package if it doesn't already.)

"It's hard to say no to Stanford," he said. "Stanford's a great education, and a great coaching staff. I'm still looking."

But then Hurricane Compliance came ashore at USC, and suddenly Seferian-Jenkins found himself with an open spot in his top eight. Enter Stanford.

"Stanford's in and USC's out," Seferian-Jenkins said.

Stanford partisans hope the above sentence is a microcosm of the next decade of college football, but first, they'd take a commit from Seferian-Jenkins. It will be an uphill climb, for in marked contrast to many of the other recruits this site is profiling, Seferian-Jenkins seemed to have Stanford closer to eighth than first, at least based on finding a slot for Stanford only when USC fell by the wayside.

Of his eight finalists -- Washington, UCLA, California, Alabama, Texas (the only of his finalists not to have offered thus far, per Seferian-Jenkins), Florida, LSU and now Stanford – Seferian-Jenkins has already visited Washington, UCLA, Florida, Texas and Stanford, and is about to see the Bruins and Longhorns again before cutting to three to five finalists.

"I visited Stanford a while ago, my sophomore year," he said. "I'm going to go back I think. Sometime in the summer -- I have to ask my mom. It was really big was the only thing I remember. I was pretty sick and didn't pay attention too much."

While the campus is large, some 8,180 acres large, in fact, Stanford usually leaves more of an impression on its visitors, so the Cardinal staff will have to hope Seferian-Jenkins pays a return trip before eliminating the Farm and its Cardinal from consideration.

One factor that may aid the fighting footballers of Palo Alto is that six of Seferian-Jenkins' eight finalists (all save for LSU and Alabama) are national top-50 universities, suggesting an emphasis on education which may serve Stanford well. For many recruits, such lines are no more than lip service, but be that as it may, Seferian-Jenkins does give mention to the importance of academics in discussing decision metrics.

"It's pretty easy: I'm looking for which [school] fits for me the best," he said. "Which has the best education for me in the field I want to do, which I don't know? Then there's the coaching staff, as well as the players. Some want to keep me as a tight end. Some want to move me to OT, being big and quick with my feet."

Seferian-Jenkins knows where he'd like to play. What he'd like to do after his playing days are a thing of the past is less of a certainty.

"My goal is to be the No. 1 draft pick at tight end," he said. "… [After football,] I don't really know. I'll probably want to coach. … I'm thinking of studying psych or business. In high school, I like chemistry, like P.E., like math, like history a lot. History is probably my favorite. My GPA is a 3.3 and I'm waiting on SAT results."

Seferian-Jenkins added he took honors English last year and will take a few AP classes this year as well.

Distance obviously isn't a factor in this recruitment given Seferian-Jenkins' finalists, and the rising senior confirms it doesn't bother him. Presumably his parents might concern themselves more with distance, but Seferian-Jenkins says that his college choice is fully his decision, though his mom often accompanies him on trips.

Instead, Seferian-Jenkins has been concerning himself with preparing for his senior year of football.

"We're going to be good, make the state playoffs and hopefully win the state championship," he said. "I've been watching film, lifting weights, getting faster and studying the playbook."

As Seferian-Jenkins does his homework, we'll do ours. So set your homepage to thebootleg.com and F5 that browser.

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