Patterson (La.) running back William Griffin thought he would likely end up at Auburn or UCLA before making it to Fayetteville late one July night for a football camp.
In fact, Griffin (5-11, 197, 4.5) actually arrived at around 2 a.m. and was out on the football field at 8 a.m. the next morning with University of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and raring to go.
"I got up to Arkansas and they had very friendly coaches and it just felt like home right away," Griffin said. "The best part of the camp was how at the camp that Coach Nutt was out there tossing the ball around with us, talking to us and just being a big part of the camp. Unlike at Auburn where I hardly ever saw the head coach, Coach Nutt was around all the time and that just got me really impressed with Arkansas."
Enough so that Griffin - who already has offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, UCLA, Colorado and Tulane to name a few - said all he really needs is an offer from Arkansas to commit and hopes one is forthcoming.
"The Arkansas coaches told me they want to come down and watch me in a game and that they will offer after that," Griffin said. "They are planning on coming down to watch our season opener against Airlines. I'm going to try and put on a good show for both my team and those coaches. I know they are only going to sign one running back and I want to be that guy."
Griffin said he and Arkansas assistant coach Clifton Ealy have developed a nice bond.
"I call Coach Ealy all the time to let him know how I am looking forward to them coming down," Griffin said. "They have sent me the most text messages also and are doing a great job recruiting me."
Despite a nagging sore ankle, Griffin rushed for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns last season for Patterson.
That brought several college coaches to Patterson this spring.
"I think my strengths are the fact that I have speed and vision, but am also a very tough runner that can go through people if I need to," Griffin said. "But I just try to keep getting better every practice."
Griffin announced his intention to have a big senior year by going over 200 yards in a scrimmage last week.
"We're going to be very good and I know I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to both perform on the field and be a leader for this team on and off the field," Griffin said. "I want to do that and then I want to do it in the SEC, which is the conference I want to play in.
Travis Griffin, a 6-1, 190-pound wideout with 4.4 speed, is William's younger brother and also a good prospect.
"He's going to be a real big recruit and is a great receiver that is going to get a lot of offers," Griffin said. "But he wants to go and will likely go where ever I go to school. So Arkansas might get a 2-for-1 deal there."
He hopes that his recruitment will be over with soon.
"I'm telling you the truth that if Arkansas comes down here and watches me play and offers that scholarship, that is where I am going to go and will go ahead and commit," Griffin said. "I'm sure about that."
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