Sifrin talks recruiting

A tight end prospect starting to emerge on the JUCO recruiting landscape right now is El Camino TE Jean Sifrin (6-7, 250). He brings a toughness to the position that has been lost over the past decade as more and more tight ends have become finesse players and he recently talked about his visit to Kansas as well as which other schools have extended early offers...

"It was a great time (at Kansas) last weekend," Sifrin told "I had a really good time and enjoyed meeting the coaches and seeing the school. I really enjoyed the whole time I was there."

The Jayhawks are one of three programs to extend early offers -- Oklahoma and USC are the other two -- and he said several others are definitely showing a lot of interest in what he can do on the football field.

"Coach (Dennis) Erickson at Utah said he could really use a tight end like me, but I don't count them as an offer right now because I haven't really heard them say 'you have an offer', but they are definitely interested," Sifrin said. "Memphis and South Florida both wanted me if I could get out this spring, but because of my credits and stuff and the fact I can't get all of the classes I needed to be able to sign right now, I have to wait until December before I can leave so they said they will be recruiting me for the next class (2014), but they haven't said that I have an offer yet.

"I've set up my visit with Oklahoma for their first game (August 31st) against Louisiana Monroe and I will probably take my other visits later in the season."

As a prep, Sifrin enjoyed a solid career at Miami (Fl.) Norland High School, but he was unable to qualify and with a personal situation he found himself in, he decided to give up the game and take care of things.

"I was actually getting ready to have a child, so I needed to get out and get a job and just take care of that side of things," Sifrin said. "After a few years, I was out at a four-on-four football tournament and some scout saw me and said he knew some JC coaches that I could talk to and maybe get back into it.

"I wound up going to ASA up in New York, but things didn't really work out up there, so I decided to move out to El Camino and I was here last fall, but I had two credits that didn't transfer so I had to redshirt last season."

At 6'7" and weighing over 250 pounds, Sifrin said he feels he can do whatever is asked of him, but, ironically, he prefers to play a different position.

"Everyone likes me as a tight end and I like playing the position, but honestly, I love to play defensive end and I actually feel like I'm more natural on that side of the ball," Sifrin noted. "I bring a defensive mentality to the game. I am physical. I like to block a lot and hit people. I also like making plays and I can catch pretty well, so I can play wherever, but if you gave me the choice, I'd play defense."

As noted earlier, Sifrin is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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