Coveted in-state junior plans WSU unofficial

HE'S ONLY MIDWAY through his junior year in high school but he's already among the top early candidates for the state's top rated recruit in the class of 2011 and Paul Wulff offered the 6-7, 243 pounder with 4.73 speed long ago. The Gig Harbor product says the Cougars are on his radar and an upcoming unofficial visit to the Palouse is also in the cards.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-7, 243, 4.73) out of Gig Harbor High, the same school that produced Cougar Kenny Alfred, is already getting national recruiting attention. He plans on checking out WSU possibly during the Cougs' spring practice session.

"I haven't gotten a chance to go to Wazzu but I will be going there soon. I think I'm probably going to go there during spring break," said Seferian-Jenkins.

Seferian-Jenkins said the school he's most familiar with is the school closest to him, the UW, that he's talked to all of their coaches and that he's been on their campus "like a thousand times." He's also been keeping an eye on WSU.

"Washington State, they've gone through tough times of late but they have young talent. And they have a great coaching staff there. I'm not worried about them (turning the corner) at all, I feel like they are going to be a team on the rise," said Seferian-Jenkins.

SEFERIAN-JENKINS SAID he hasn't talked "a lot" with coaches and schools just yet but that's also somewhat relative. He's been proactive in contacting coaches from Florida, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, USC and Tennessee to name a few, plus of course the in-state schools.

"I've talked to coach Razz, coach Levy, coach Wulff," said Seferian-Jenkins.

DURING HIS JUNIOR CAMPAIGN, Seferian-Jenkins racked up 60 receptions for 1,050 yards with 10 TD's and was named to a bevy of postseason first-teams. His offer list has long been in double-digits –- Washington State offered him nearly a year ago.

"I'm up to 18-20 offers, somewhere around there… (offering schools) have said I have great control of my body for how big I am, that you don't find many who are 6-7, 240 pounds running 4.7. So I have great control, great speed, good blocking technique. I still need to work on my blocking, but I have great technique at times. And I can catch the ball and I can get up and move around… It doesn't take one guy to tackle me, it takes five or six guys," said Seferian-Jenkins.

An early verbal commitment before the end of his senior season doesn't look to be in the cards.

"I want to take official visits and see how it is at the schools. And I don't want to commit to somebody and then take an official visit somewhere else. I want to be very firm with my commitment and not back out. When I give them my word that I'm going somewhere--my word is the only thing I have, and I want to keep it that way," said Seferian-Jenkins.

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