There's no doubt that the loss of Kavario Middleton to off-field issues left a gaping hole at the tight end position for the Huskies this fall. Once he left, Washington was left with only two receptions, from Chris Izbicki, returning this fall.
However, on Monday evening, Seferian-Jenkins added his name to the list and will immediately join Izbicki, Marlion Barnett and Michael Hartvigson in forming as dynamic a tight end unit as their is in the Pac 10.
With his size, speed, athleticism and soft hands, Seferian-Jenkins is a perfect fit in Washington's offense. He'll be able to challenge corners with his size and safeties and linebackers with his speed and athleticism.
Where he'll struggle off the bat is when he's used in a traditional tight end role, asked to block or come off the line beating the jam of a physical strong safety or SAM (strongside) linebacker. However, that is an area that can be remedied with better technique and work in the weight room, something that Seferian-Jenkins admitted when he told Dawgman.com he would "work out, work out and work out" as he gets ready to enroll in time for spring football next year.
He will immediately push Izbicki for playing time and he'll combine with Barnett and Hartvigson down the road to form a talented group that allows the Husky coaches to use them in different ways.
While his impact on the field will be felt almost from the time he steps on campus, where he might have an even quicker impact is on the rest of the 2011 recruiting class, something he's been working on since he decided Washington was the place for him back in June.
While Seferian-Jenkins wouldn't go into specific names, he said Husky fans can expect some big time recruits to join him soon on Washington's commitment list.
Just going by who we've been able to verify he's been talking to, fans could see the likes of Long Beach (Ca.) Poly LB Corey Waller, Chandler (Az.) QB Brett Hundley, Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) WR Kasen Williams, Auburn (Wa.) DT Danny Shelton, Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DT Antwaun Woods and a few others jump on board within the next few months.
Washington may have gotten most of those players listed above anyway, but because he's such a gregarious personality and a solid recruiter, Seferian-Jenkins will solidify the Huskies' 2011 class and make it one of the top recruiting hauls in the country.
Hang on Husky fans, this could be only the start of an avalanche of good news on the recruiting front in the coming weeks and months.
Commitment Impact: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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