Seth Figgins of Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake High has not only given the Warriors a glimpse of a solid future, but provides a towering, physical presence on the field -- all 6-foot-6, 225-pounds of him – and he is only a sophomore.
The 2020 tight end prospect has emerged early as a weapon for Westlake offense, utilizing his tall frame and reliable hands to create in the inside passing game. He’s used all of those tools during the summer 7v7 circuit, including a dominant performance during the playoff round of the Conejo Valley 7v7 tournament at Newbury Park (Calif.) on June 16, as he consistently got open and defeated man coverage in the red zone.
In pads and a helmet last fall as a freshman on the junior varsity team, he plowed his blocking assignments 10 yards before planting their back to the ground. Next year, he'll be doing it at the varsity level.
Figgins tells Scout that the new Westlake coaching staff, led by former Warrior player Tim Kirksey, is already figuring out how to use their tallest chess piece on offense.
“It’s great. They put me in certain scenarios where I get to use my big body against these smaller defensive backs and linebackers,” Figgins said. “I’ve been playing wide receiver my whole life, but I’m getting too big for that, so I’m transitioning.”
Figgins gets his most tutelage from a former NFL tight end and ex-Westlake star -- Billy Miller -- who is coaching alongside Kirksey.
“It’s awesome. There’s so much to learn and take in from someone who was a great tight end who went on to the league,” Figgins said.
He’s yet to catch his first varsity pass and deliver his first key block for the Warriors, but he’s done enough to catch the attention of Angus McClure, as the UCLA recruiting coordinator has already reached out to Figgins.
“He tells me everything from how UCLA is and working on what I need to do,” said Figgins, who adds that Washington has shown interest as well.
While Figgins already has the look of an imposing presence, he’ll admit he’s still fine-tuning his tight end game since he’s considered raw at the position.
“I’m mainly learning how to get open – using your body and not just speed to get around people, just getting space,” Figgins said.
He’s also aiming to help turn around a proud program that fell to 3-8 last year – Westlake’s worst season since a 3-78 campaign in 2005. Along with adjusting to Kirksey’s philosophies, Figgins said there’s more cohesion with this year’s Warriors.
“It’s good. From last year to this year, there’s a lot more team bonding and players becoming more together. It’s more of a family,” Figgins said.