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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Another new Husky — Seferian-Jenkins chooses the Huskies

And it’s one of the biggest names on the board as the Huskies tonight received a verbal commitment from Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins during a live announcement at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
Mason Kelley of our staff will have all the details on his Twitter page and the Times’ high school sports blog. Kelley also wrote this story from the proceedings. Kelley reports that Seferian-Jenkins said that “we’re going to go get Rose Bowls and National Championships, I firmly believe that,” in making his decision. He also said he wanted to get the decision over with before his final year of high school football and basketball.
Seferian-Jenkins was recently rated by Scout.com as the No. 3 tight end in the country and a five-star recruit. Rivals.com rates him as both the No. 1 TE in the country and the No. 1 recruit in the state.
Kelley reports that Seferian-Jenkins reached into a hat and pulled out a UW hat and football as his way of declaring his allegiance to the Huskies.
He will remain a verbal commit until February, when he can sign an official letter-of-intent.
He wil help fill a void at TE created with the recent dismissal of Kavario Middleton. At 6-7, 260-pounds he will be one of the most imposing players physically UW has ever had at that spot.
Seferian-Jenkins also gives UW the first of what some called its “big three” of still-uncommitted recruiting targets along with Skyline WR Kasen Williams and QB Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz.
Williams will announce his decision Aug. 27 and it is generally considered that he is leaning toward UW. Hundley has said he is deciding between UW and UCLA equally and is expected to take unofficial visits to each school again this month and then possibly make a decision.
While Seferian-Jenkins will help UW in practical terms on the field, and probably immediately, he also helps the perception of UW coach Steve Sarkisian as a recruiter to be able to hold off schools such as Texas, UCLA and Florida for maybe the top recruit in the state.
Seferian-Jenkins had visited Texas earlier this month but then paid three visits to UW practices in the last week — most recently Saturday — in helping confirm his decision.
He’s the highest-rated of the 15 known commits for UW (here’s a list from Scout.com) and the sixth from the state of Washington.
UPDATE — Here are some early thoughts on the commitment from ESPN.com’s Ted Miller.

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