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Tag: Austin Seferian-Jenkins


Seferian-Jenkins talks about signing with UW

While Curtis receiver Rahmel Dockery was a surprise boost to the Cougars’ recruiting class, there was no drama when Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Washington.

Seferian-Jenkins, the second-rated tight end in the nation, according to, gave an oral commitment to the Huskies in August, choosing UW over the University of Texas. On Wednesday at the Ram Restaurant on Ruston Way in Tacoma, Seferian-Jenkins said the occasion marked a milestone in his life.

“It feels good to know that I’ve completed one of my 10 goals that I’ve always wanted to complete – get a full-ride scholarship and take care of my school,” he said. “Knowing that my mom won’t have to pay for any school is a good feeling.”
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Football: Lakes coach Miller, Seferian-Jenkins at All-American Bowl

Lakes football coach Dave Miller and Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins have been in San Antonio this week, preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. The game will be televised on NBC at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Miller is an assistant coach on the West team and is coaching the offensive linemen and tight ends. Here’s a story on his experience being on the coaching staff.


Seferian-Jenkins receives official invite to U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Months after committing to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins received his official invitation to play in the game during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Gig Harbor High School

For Seferian-Jenkins, regarded by some recruiting experts as the best in the nation, at his position, playing in a game sponsored by the Army has extra meaning. His father, John Jenkins, served in Army.

Seferian-Jenkins, who has given an oral commitment to play at the University of Washington, said that played a role in accepting the offer to participate in the All-American Bowl instead of another elite all-star event, the Under Armour All-America Game.
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Prep Football: Preview capsules of Week 7’s big games

Olympia (4-0 league, 5-1 overall) vs. Gig Harbor (4-0, 5-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Roy Anderson Field
The lowdown:
The winner of this game takes a big step toward claiming the league title and will almost certainly secure a home game in the Week 10 state play-in round. Gig Harbor has the best player on the field in TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Tides like to get the 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior the ball on bubble screens where he can run roughshod over smaller defensive backs, like he did last week on a 73-yard touchdown against Central Kitsap. Read more »


Seferian-Jenkins picks Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be a Washington Husky.

The elite tight end prospect from Gig Harbor ended months of speculation when he made the declaration in front of more than 100 friends and family members at a party Monday night at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. Seferian-Jenkins, ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the nation by, picked Washington over the University of Texas. He also had scholarship offers from nearly every big-time college football program.

Seferian-Jenkins is the South Sound’s most sought-after recruit since running back Jonathan Stewart played at Timberline High School in the early 2000s. Seferian-Jenkins

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The last word on Seferian-Jenkins — pre-announcement edition

As I write this, we’re about two hours from Austin Seferian-Jenkins declaring that he will attend Washington or Texas. TNT reporters and photographers are en route to the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, where the announcement will take place.

I exchanged e-mails with his mom, Linda, on Sunday evening and she said her son was excited for today. Sounds like he’s solid in his decision, whether he’ll be a Longhorn or a Husky, we’ll find out soon.

I’ve thought for weeks that it will be Washington. The campus is close to home, Seferian-Jenkins seems to have built a relationship with

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Seferian-Jenkins countdown continues

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will let the rest of us in on his college decision in a day. Since visiting the University of Texas last weekend – and receiving a scholarship offer – he has attended three practices at the University of Washington.

What does that mean?

Maybe he wants to see how the coaches interact with players on the field, and not in the living room? Maybe he’s imagining what he’d look like in purple and gold? Maybe he’s trying to figure out a way to let down coach Steven Sarkisian?

But mostly, I haven’t got a clue. And neither does anyone else outside his tight-knit circle. The TNT will be there Monday night, so check this blog and you can follow me on Twitter at DougPaceyTNT for updates, too.

For those who want to attempt to read between the lines and figure out what school he’ll choose – hey, it’s a 50-50 chance you’ll be right – you can listen to the interview Seferian-Jenkins did with KJR 950 AM right here.
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Update on Seferian-Jenkins’ Aug. 16 announcement, rumors addressed

My e-mail and voicemail in-box have been clogged the last couple weeks with questions about Austin Seferian-Jenkins and his upcoming announcement. I called Gig Harbor football coach Darren McKay today to confirm some details and ask about a couple rumors I’d heard about Seferian-Jenkins’ visit last weekend to the University of Texas.

About the ceremony:

It is open to the public. Here are directions on how to get to the Yacht Club.

The facility can hold almost 300 people, though there is a deck that can handle an overflowing crowd, McKay said. Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante will provide hors d’oeuvres for about 150 people – or about 30 high school football players, so get yours early. McKay also said about 25 of Seferian-Jenkins’ family members will attend.

The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and after a brief introduction, Seferian-Jenkins will make his announcement. He’ll then take questions from media and anyone else in attendance. I’m sure the assembled crowd will largely be pro-Washington, so take that however you want.
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