Seferian-Jenkins can't wait to be a Dawg

It wasn't much of a surprise when Gig Harbor (Wa.) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins put on a Washington hat when he made his commitment last August. As he nears Signing Say on February 2nd, the talented tight end prospect took the time to speak with about his thoughts on several subjects including Washington's Holiday Bowl performance and his experience at the US Army All-American Game...

"It was great," Seferian-Jenkins told earlier this week. "Just coming out and competing against the best talent in the country, future NFL guys, future All-Conference and All-American selections, it was a fun opportunity.

"It wasn't really that (difficult). I don't know if there were too many guys that were better than me and Kasen (Williams). The first two-a-day, you had never really played against really good guys like that, they were talented, but then once I got comfortable that first day, it was good.

"Sometimes good athletes come from Washington or anywhere and they aren't used to playing against top talent, but you get used to it and the speed and then you just go with the flow."

The player that Williams and Seferian-Jenkins spent the most time with other than each other was Grant (Sacramento, Ca.) S James Sample who became the first player to choose Washington at the game.

"I hung out with James all throughout the week," Seferian-Jenkins noted. "We talked and hung out and he's a good player in my eyes and I'm really glad he ended up being a Dawg."

As a senior, Seferian-Jenkins has a solid season, posting 51 receptions for 759 yards 6 TD while posting 30 tackles, two passes defensed, including one that resulted in an interception, and 5 sacks.

With high school football over and basketball in full-swing, Seferian-Jenkins said he's currently tipping the scales at 255 pounds on his 6'7" frame and he said he's finishing up his schoolwork in order to enroll at Washington in late March.

"(Washington's coaches) are excited for me to get up there and things look like they are going to work out for me to do that," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I have to finish my senior project and finish this semester up strong. They want me to get up there and get started as soon as I can.

"I'm definitely not done. I'd like to be done, but I have a lot to do so I'm not going out much and I'm telling people I have to do my homework and stuff, but I'm sacrificing for the future and I'm excited about the opportunity that I have up there."

One opportunity is to be a big contributor on a team that just won the Holiday Bowl in impressive fashion over a very good Nebraska team.

" I thought it was great," he said. "To come around, the first time around they didn't play very well and got beat pretty bad, so to come out against Nebraska the second time and play with the passion and drive that they did and to win in the fashion they did, that game wasn't really that close, it was a thorough beating of Nebraska. They were more physical, they were more everything and Nebraska is known for being real physical and dominating strength-wise too and that wasn't the case the second time and that's a credit to what Ivan Lewis is doing there."

Seferian-Jenkins is unsure where he will sign his Letter-of-Intent on Signing Day, but said it most likely won't be done at the school.

We will continue to keep track of his progress as he gets closer to graduating and we will update things when they happen.

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