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October 20, 2010

Army Bowl adds big-time TE Seferian-Jenkins

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins is one of the nation's top tight ends but tucked away in Gig Harbor, Wash., sometimes he isn't given the limelight or notoriety he deserves on the national level.

That will change in a few months when Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect, makes his way to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He was presented with his game jersey during a presentation Wednesday and said he's excited to go compete against many of the nation's top recruits.

"It's a big deal," Seferian-Jenkins said. "It's a blessing that I'm able to have the opportunity to play against really good competition and that I'm considered what the Army is looking for in a young man so I'm really excited.

"Going against other great players is definitely part of the excitement. I'm excited to play against really good football players, future pros. I'm really excited about that. I'm really pumped."

Seferian-Jenkins committed to Washington in mid-August, a slightly surprising move because he had talked up Texas so much and even visited Austin prior to making his decision.

The Longhorns and the Huskies were his finalists and Florida, USC, Alabama, Boise State, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford and many other national powers offered but in the end he decided to stay closer to home and play in the Pac-10.

That was great news to fellow Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline wide receiver Kasen Williams, also a four-star prospect who committed to the Huskies 12 days after the star tight end picked them.

Williams, rated as the No. 13 wide receiver by Rivals.com, received his Army game jersey on Tuesday.

The two have discussed their future together and are excited about spending a week in San Antonio and playing together in the Army game.

"We've talked," Seferian-Jenkins said. "We're friends. It's going to be a pretty cool experience to go down there with him and be able to play together."

Rated as the second-best tight end nationally behind only West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer's Nick O'Leary, Seferian-Jenkins was an easy selection for the Army game and said he knew he was going to play in it since sometime last season.

Thriving in every camp setting this past off-season, including the Eugene NIKE Camp and Gridiron Kings, Seferian-Jenkins is a complete mismatch for defenders because of his size and speed.

He simply overpowers safeties trying to defend him. He runs past linebackers trying to be physical at the line of scrimmage. Seferian-Jenkins is so well-built that some still believe he's going to become an offensive lineman in college.

But the Gig Harbor standout has such outstanding hands and great feet, he carries his weight so well, that college coaches from across the country made their way to his town nestled between Seattle and Tacoma to recruit him.

Washington won out and now Seferian-Jenkins will have the chance to show high school football fans everywhere on national television what recruiting fans have known all along - that he's one of the best football players in America.



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