Griffin is a big, athletic player from Tallahassee, FL with quick feet. His head coach, Ryan Felker, had glowing praise for his starting left tackle.
"He's a kid who comes to practice every day and works hard. At 6'7" and 315lb it's hard to imagine he doesn't fit in at that (FBS) level, especially with his motor and the intensity that he brings. He's an intense kid that works hard and is a good teammate. I think he deserves the opportunity to play at that level."
Griffin, whom Coach Felker described as a strong pass blocker, will compete at left tackle for South Alabama next year. He had this to say about his decision.
"It sounds like a good program. My teammate from last year, Tyrell Pearson (now starting at CB for USA), he plays for them and I heard he likes it a lot out there. I like the coaches and it sounds like a good deal."
Griffin chose South Alabama over an offer from FAU and also had interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Utah and USF. He will graduate in December and will enroll at USA in January.
His highlights can be seen at http://www.hudl.com/athlete/528622/highlights/9455997
Jags Jungle: Other than extremely wet, how was your visit for the Troy game?
Jacob Chaffin: I had a great time! The atmosphere was awesome. I had a great time rain or shine. I look forward to coming back soon.
JJ: Did you get a chance to talk with coach Jones or any of the other coaches?
JC: Yes sir, I talked to coach Jones, Coach (Bryant) Vincent, Coach (Bill) Clark, Coach (Brian) Turner, and the other DL coaches.
JJ: You made the rounds. Did you hang out with any other recruits?
JC: Yes sir, Roman Buchanan and Taylor Lamb. I know Devon Earl from Hoover was also there.
JJ: Did everyone seem to be enjoying it?
JC: Yes sir, we all had a great time. We're all ready to get down there.
JJ: What did the coaches have to say when you talked to them?
JC: They talked about how they’re ready for me to get down there. They talked about how South Alabama has a bright future.
JJ: Do you have an official set up yet?
JC: Yes sir, later on in the year.
JJ: Are you planning to visit anywhere else?
JC: No, sir, just South. I'm ready to get to work with the DL coaches and grad assistants who recruited me.
Jags Jungle had a chance to catch up with McGill-Toolen offensive tackle Harrison Louden tonight for the latest on his recruitment.
Jags Jungle: How's recruiting going right now?
Harrion Louden: It's going well. I just go an offer from Geogia State.
JJ: How many offers is that now?
HL: Seven - South Alabama, Louisiana Lafayette, Arkansas St., Louisiana Tech, Memphis, UAB and now Georgia State.
JJ: Who is recruiting you the hardest?
HL: It's probably a toss up between South and Arkansas St.
JJ: Will you be at the South Alabama Troy game this weekend?
HL: I was going and I was really looking forward to it, but I'm heading up to the Alabama / Ole Miss game instead. I'm planning to visit for a couple of South games this year.
JJ: Do you have any official visits set up yet?
HL: I've been talking to Arkansas St. about coming up for a visit. I almost did it this weekend, but it's such a long commute that I wouldn't get to see much of the campus or the town considering the travel and the time a game takes up. I'll probably visit them after the season.
JJ: McGill's off to an excellent start. What are your goals for the rest of the year?
HL: Just to get better everyday and do whatever I have to do to help my team win.
JJ: What have you improved the most from last season to this season?
HL: Probably just adding 30 pounds. I added good weight, got stronger and was able to keep my quickness. I think my feet are quicker, actually.
JJ: Do you have a time frame in mind regarding your recruiting or when you might commit?
HL: My coaches are telling me to be patient and more doors will open up, more offers will come in. I'm going to take my time and see what happens. I'm not the type to commit and then de-commit, so I want to make sure before I commit to someone.
DB - Tiquan Lang – Lowndes’ defense pitched another shutout as they defeated Windsor Forest 38-0, improving to 3-0.
DB – Terrell Pinson – Pinson continues to impress after moving to free safety from wide receiver. Itawamba moved to 3-0 on the season as he contributed five tackles (four solo) and an interception, his second of the year.
WR - Caleb Aviles – Palm Bay fell to 1-2 after a second consecutive close loss. On the season he has four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown.
WR/TE Caleb Hayman – Hayman didn’t get many opportunities this past week as Gainesville raced to a 62-0 halftime lead over Windsor Forest.
WR Dejan Funderburk – Funderburk took a short pass 57 yards for a TD in a 24-17 win over the fort Walton Beach High School Vikings.
QB Taylor Lamb – Lamb continued his hot start by passing for 465 yards (38 of 55), four touchdowns and one interception for 3-0 and #1 ranked Calhoun. For the year he’s completed 65% of his passes for 990 yards and eight TDs while rushing for 100 yards on 22 carries.
RB Justin Jones – Jones had another outstanding effort in a loss as he rushed 24 times for 126 yards and a TD in a 34-14 loss to Holmes CC.
S Roman Buchanan – Buchanan made an impressive 22 yard TD catch for Daleville as they defeated Abbeville 27-20 in OT.
WR Tevaris McCormick – Biloxi was off this week.
DT Jacob Chaffin – Spain Park came back to beat Chelsea 37-23.
DB Devon Earl – Hoover was never challenged as they defeated Jackson-Olin 50-0.
OT Noah Armstrong – Noah was matched up against All-American Dee Liner and fared well but his team lost 53-0 to Muscle Shoals.
LB/S Brandon King – Highland CC was off this week.
DE Willie Williams – The Americus-Sumter defense stood tall early as they raced to a 20-0 lead en route to a 34-18 win over Macon County. The Panthers are 2-1 on the season.
DE Jalen Wells - – Dublin continued their lost season with a 42-0 loss to West Laurens. They are now 0-3.
RB – Xavier Johnson – Johnson ran for 109 yards in a 37-7 loss to Wharton. For the year he has 229 yards and four TDs on 49 carries.