I caught up with Gig Harbor’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently and I’m finishing up a story that will run in Friday’s newspaper. The Tides are at a team camp this week at Curtis High School. Seferian-Jenkins will participate at the high-profile Championship Gridiron King’s 7-on-7 camp this weekend in Orland, Fla. – Skyline’s Kasen Williams will also be in attendance.
Seferian-Jenkins, who’s weighing scholarship offers from California, Florida, LSU, Texas, UCLA and USC, will visit the Bruins next weekend and the Longhorns in two weeks.
Here are some interesting nuggets that didn’t make the piece:
– Tides coach Darren McKay recalled how a steady stream of coaches and coordinators from college football powerhouses visited the high school during the spring. Some coaches traipsed through the halls and cafeteria in school colors, letting the entire student body know what institution they represented.
McKay and Seferian-Jenkins talked with Alabama coach Nick Saban via a Skype video chat. Except the chat kept crashing and Saban’s temper kept rising.
“We get it set up and it died a couple times,” McKay said. “I can see Saban, he goes into his spiel and we’d lose him. He was getting upset.”
– Gig Harbor alumni Kenny Alfred, a second-team all-Pac-10 offensive line selection at WSU last season, took Seferian-Jenkins into the gymnasium for some pass protection drills in the spring.
“Austin told him, ‘No, I catch the ball,’” McKay said. “Kenny said if you’re going to play tight end in college you’re going to have to block, too. You don’t always get to go out.”
Seferian-Jenkins admits that his blocking ability is the biggest question mark surrounding him. Part of that is because he was often split out in the Tides’ offensive scheme last year and college coaches haven’t been able to get extended looks at him in the traditional tight end position.
“(Coaches) all tell me that I’m fast for how big I am,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I can stretch the field vertically for a tight end. They say I have amazing hands. What I need to work on is my blocking technique. That’s always something I need to work on. Just keep working on everything.”