Introducing the 2004 Class: Bradis McGriff

In theory, early commitments should bring both the player committing and his school of choice peace of mind. Nevertheless, the long stretch of time between the verbal pledge and signing day, gives a prospect extra time to think and possibly change his decision. Bradis McGriff realized during his senior season that his May verbal commitment to Cal was something he needed to re-evaluate. He told DevilsDigest that his early affinity to ASU resulted in a late season decision to become a Sun Devil.

Bradis McGriff, one of the most highly touted offensive linemen on the West Coast, was coveted by virtually the whole Pac-10. The Vallejo, Calif. product committed to the first school which offered him – the hometown Cal Golden Bears. "I guess I was just anxious," he said. "They offered me and I just said ‘yes.' I guess I was afraid that I was gonna miss out on a scholarship if I said no. I didn't know at the time that I was gonna be offered more scholarships."

Ironically, in the weeks following his commitment several schools extended offers to the standout lineman. Nevertheless, at the time the PrepStar Magazine Postseason All-American felt that it was best to stick with his original choice. Nonetheless, he left the door a bit cracked open to a select few programs "It was kinda stressful having colleges call me all the time," he recalled. "I thought I was gonna lose focus on school. Schools that I really wasn't interested in, I just told them that I'm committed to Cal and they stopped calling. Schools that I did like, I told them it was OK to call me."

Naturally, the Sun Devils were one of those teams, which the Vallejo high school standout didn't shut out. "I remember talking to coach Grimes back in May, " he remarked. "He was a real nice guy and we had a good conversation. I was talking to ASU in my senior year, and also to Oregon State and Washington."

Those conversations with the three schools, as well as perhaps witnessing other players going on their recruiting endeavors, caused the first-team all-state offensive tackle to start re-thinking his May resolution. "After the season started," he explained, "I felt that I wanted to take other trips. I wasn't sure if Cal was the right place for me, and I wanted to see what else is out there. I didn't get any advice or pressure to take other trips. I did read and hear about other players taking trips, but it really was all my decision."

"After I verbaled with Cal," McGriff continued, "they didn't call me for a while. When Arizona State called in November and asked me if I was still interested in taking a trip, I told them I was interested." Spoken like a true offensive lineman, there was one aspect of his trip to Tempe that stood a little above the rest. "The eating (smile)." remarked McGriff who was hosted by Grayling Love. "All day and all night (smile)... the players treated me like I was brother and a teammate. I loved the weather. It was midnight and I was wearing shorts – It was wonderful (smile). When I went down there I knew that's where I wanted to go." The ASU freshman to-be added that he visited Utah the week following his ASU trip, and decided at that time not only to verbal to the Sun Devils, but also to cancel trips to Washington, Oregon State, and Arizona. "I wanted to take other trips. But after that trip there was no reason to take other trips. I knew that I wanted to be a Sun Devil."

The hometown Bears naturally tried to sway McGriff and have him reconsider his decision. If they ever brought up the proximity to his hometown as a reason, that argument would probably fall on deaf ears. "I was always open to play away from home," he stated. "Playing close to home was never a factor. My family never pressured me to stay close to home."

As one of the state's best at his position, McGriff was invited to play in the prominent CaliFlorida game, where he officially announced his verbal commitment to the Sun Devils. "The game was great," recalled McGriff. "You get to play the best players in the state, and there was a lot of competition. You better bring your ‘A' game over there. It was a great feeling when people watching the game said that me and Leo Talavou were the best offensive linemen of the game." He added that he enjoyed getting to know his future ASU teammate. "I loved hanging out with Leo. He was a character (smile)."

McGriff who has academically qualified will be coming to ASU's bridge program, which starts in two weeks. It will be a short summer vacation for the lineman who just completed his high school studies a few days ago. "I'm coming to ASU two weeks after graduation," he said. "I really don't have any time off after high school is out. I'm excited to come out, but also nervous."

When asked about his chances of playing in his first year, he replied: "The coaches said that if I go out and practice hard I can play. Of course I want play my freshman year, and if I don't, all it means that I have to go out and practice harder, get better, and be ready for next year. I want to play, but if I need to redshirt that fine."

McGriff admitted that he sometimes lets his temper get the better of him, and thus lose focus during the game. However, he also listed some his stronger points when he assessed his attributes. "I'm very athletic," he said. "I have a lot of heart and I never quit playing. It doesn't matter how tired I am, I'm gonna keep on going…I'm the total package. I can block, I can pull, I can catch even a little screen pass if you want me to (smile)."

Recruit Profile


Bradis McGriff

High School

Vallejo High School (Vallejo, Calif.)







Date of Birth



Vallejo, Calif.


"The Beast."

Favorite TV Show

"Dragonball Z."

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Favorite Athlete

"Rasheed Wallace."

Favorite Pro Team

"Detroit Pistons."

Person you most admire

"My Mom. She has been through a whole lot, she made it through all of it, and now she stands where she is today."

First Football Memory

"Running and getting tired (smile). I was 14, I was playing offensive line, and I weighed 240 lbs. That's big for a 14 year old."

One Thing most people don't know about me

"I don't like being scared. I don't watch scary movies; I'm scared of little bugs. But I'm not scared of defensive linemen (smile)."

Why did you choose ASU?

"They seem like a team on a rise, and I want to help them."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"In the NFL. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to be a teacher."

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