Elite Tight End Up to 20 Offers

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end from Gig Harbor, Wash., is currently lighting up the hardwood, averaging a double-double every game in hoops. But his first love is football, and Tuesday Scout.com learned that two more colleges have offered Seferian-Jenkins a scholarship - bringing his current total up to 20...

Idaho and Illinois are the latest to offer Seferian-Jenkins, recently named the No. 4 tight end and the No. 59 player overall in the country by Scout.com for the class of 2011. He's been told that Alabama and Tennessee should be offering next week, and he's also hopeful that LSU, Florida State and the University of South Florida will be next in line.

When it comes to the Florida schools, Seferian-Jenkins admits to having a soft spot for the Sunshine State. He will be unofficially visiting Miami, Florida, Florida State and the University of South Florida starting at the end of March. He will also be attending a Nike camp event there. "I like Florida," he said. "It's a cool state. I like the weather. I like the people. I like the atmosphere."

Seferian-Jenkins is hoping to add an unofficial trip to Texas on the end of his Florida swing. "I went down there my sophomore year and talked with coach Mack Brown and he said to keep in contact with me," he said. "He said that we're gonna want you - that's what he told me."

He told Scout.com Tuesday that he plans on trimming down that list of 20 offers in half pretty soon. "I'm waiting on a couple more schools," he said. "It could be a couple days, it could be a couple of weeks."

Even though he hasn't officially narrowed anything yet, Seferian-Jenkins did admit that a few programs have turned his head of late. "I really like the University of Florida," he said. "I really like the University of Illinois and what they've been telling me. And I really like UCLA. Those are some schools I really like right now."

Notice a trend? It certainly appears as if Seferian-Jenkins is headed out of the Evergreen State to play football, but he insists that's not necessarily the case. "I still like Washington," he said. "They are still the home school, but I want to make sure I go to an offense that will make sure I can get to the NFL and use me the correct way, and then have a good education behind it. If I end up at Washington it wouldn't be a huge surprise because I'm an in-state kid, but I know for sure I'll be visiting other schools outside the state and taking official visits."

One thing he did mention was his affinity for hoops and his desire to possibly play both at the college level. "I really like Washington because they said I could play," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Coach (Lorenzo) Romar told me I could walk on and play."

So when he takes all of his unofficial visits, will basketball be an item on his list of things he's looking for in a school? "It will factor a little," he said. "Getting a chance to play basketball would be sweet. I love playing basketball. It would be awesome if I could do that, so that would make me look at them even more."

It's doubtful coaches would consider it a sticking point, as Seferian-Jenkins is averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds a game for the Tides. "We've got the third slot, so if we win Friday then we are in districts," he said. "We're doing really good right now. We're a lot better than last year. Last year we were 14-6 and the year before that we were 8-12, so we're getting better."

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