- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
David Ajamu (Shelton, Wash./Shelton) called it the toughest decision of his life.
After receiving an offer from Washington before the Huskies’ win over Utah at CenturyLink Field two weeks ago, the 6-foot-5, 231-pound tight end spent the game wondering what it would be like to be Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ understudy.
Ajamu continued thinking about it throughout the week before deciding Sunday the best fit for his future was with Washington, not Oregon State. Ajamu, who committed to the Beavers in August, alerted the coaching staffs at both programs that he was flipping his verbal to the Huskies.
“I just thought it over and decided it would be best for me to go to Washington,” Ajamu said. “I’ve been thinking about it all week. I just kind sat down today and looked at all that I had thought about and UW was the winner.”
The three-star recruit becomes the 19th prospect to give a verbal commitment to the Huskies’ 2013 class.
“In the end, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Ajamu said. “That’s what I did. I just felt like I would be a better fit at UW. Both teams are very good, but Washington is my hometown. That’s where it’s taking me.”
Ajamu has watched Seferian-Jenkins’ career path and has seen the success that Seferian-Jenkins, from Fox Island, Wash., has experienced at the university in his backyard and Ajamu wants to be a part of that.
“Austin Seferian-Jenkins has done very well,” Ajamu said. “He’s a big part of the offense and that’s what I want to do. I want to be a big part of the offense. Being able to play with Seferian-Jenkins and be his understudy, learn what he’s learning, and just be able to follow in his footsteps.”
In addition to the prospect of learning from Seferian-Jenkins, Ajamu was also drawn to Washington coaches Steve Sarkisian and Joel Thomas.
“They’ve been there,” he said. “The coaching staff can just relate so much, because they’re young. They can relate to me in so many ways.”