Recruiting Update: James Griffin
by Chris Horne, 12/17/02

Griffin Hoping to Decide Soon

James Griffin, the outstanding defensive back prospect from Pasadena City College (CA), will take an official visit to West Virginia this weekend. He will make his decision immediately following the trip.

"I think Iíll know where Iím going on the plane ride home," said Griffin. "Iím excited. Itís getting pretty heated. I donít have a leader right now, but I will decide between LSU, Virginia Tech, and Oregon."

Griffin is fresh off of a visit to LSU, the team he originally committed to earlier in the year. He had a great time in Baton Rouge, and liked some of the things Coach Nick Saban was telling him.

"They were telling me I could walk in and be a starter," said Griffin. "The visit was tight. It was definitely real."

One person who has been a significant help to James throughout this process has been his father. Together, they are trying to sift through the schools, hoping to determine which school is the best fit for James.

"Basically, my parents know what I can do," said Griffin. "My father wants me to go in and lay it down. They want me to go to the school where I can play right away and make a difference. I only have two years left, so thatís important. I want to go crazy on the field wherever I go.

"My father is helping me a lot. He talked to Coach Saban all day today and will talk to Coach Beamer tomorrow. All three places are telling me I can start, we just have to figure out the best situation for me. My mom just wants to know where Iím going to school."

Originally from Tennessee, Griffin says distance from his family wonít be a factor in his decision.

"It doesnít matter," said Griffin. "They saw all of my games at Pasadena anyway."

Griffin hopes to decide shortly after his visit to Morgantown this weekend. In my opinion, it will come down to LSU and Virginia Tech, but Oregon is also after him very hard. He is very comfortable with the rover position, and his good friend Jimmy Williams plays defensive tackle for the Hokies.

Landing a player of Griffinís caliber would be huge for Coach Beamer and company.


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