Players signed: David Ajamu (Shelton HS/Shelton, Wash.)
Ajamu’s ratings: Rivals – 3 stars, Scout – 3 stars, ESPN – 3 stars
Austin Seferian-Jenkins projects to be the second Husky tight end taken in the first round in the past 12 years, joining Jerramy Stevens in that category. Unfortunately, his replacement doesn’t project so well. In fact, until 2014 commit Chase Blakely arrives on campus, there could be a fairly large hole at tight end.
Ajamu was one of the latest additions to the Class of 2013. If you remember, he was a long time Oregon State verbal before decommitting and flipping to Washington. Before that, there wasn’t a tight end in line to come to Washington in 2013.
He has said one of the biggest factors in signing with Steve Sarkisian and Washington was the chance to play beneath Seferian-Jenkins for a season and assume the role of “understudy.” If he works hard this season and improves while learning under ASJ, he should be in line to start the 2014 season.
If that’s the case, and he is the starter, the receiving corps may have to pick up the slack a little. Obviously, there will be dropoff from ASJ to whoever is his replacement, but Ajamu is most likely suited to be a No. 2 option at tight end. He has adequate enough size and catching ability to stick, but must improve on his athleticism and blocking ability to become a true No. 1 tight end.