Speedy Sterling Griffin from Monsignor Pace High has gotten attention from colleges around the country and he says this week he's ready to see what Auburn is all about.
"I have been hearing from Auburn since last spring," he adds. "Then they changed their coach and that same coach (Gene Chizik) had offered me at Iowa State. He likes the way I play and thinks I have a chance to play on the next level...They're looking for someone to come in and play as a freshman. They want someone to fit into the offense and gradually be an impact player. I think I have what it takes to do all that."
Recruited by Trooper Taylor at Oklahoma State in addition to Chizik at Iowa State, Griffin says he really likes what the Tigers have done on the offensive side of the ball and thinks it's going to make Auburn fun to watch down the road.
"The staff is amazing on the offensive side with Tulsa's offensive coordinator (Gus Malzahn) and Oklahoma State's receiving coach (Taylor)," Griffin says. "That is a good combination. I talked to coach Trooper Taylor. He really likes me and we already had a good relationship.
"It's real good," he adds. "That's a real upside (for Auburn) because knowing this will be their first year and if I go there it will be my first year. We would be together in the direction the program is going in."
A three-year starter at wide receiver and also athletic enough to make 35 tackles and intercept a pass at free safety, Griffin has been a big play guy for his team his entire career. As a senior he caught 37 passes for 779 yards and nine touchdowns.
Griffin is also a standout on the track for Monsignor Pace as he competes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and also the 400 meter dash. Running a 48.21 time last season in the region meet, he finished second in the FHSAA Championships last spring with a time of 48.47 seconds.
Planning to major in either communications or business in college, Griffin says academics will play a big part in his decision. He says it's a decision he's planning to make a little later, but he can't promise anything.
"I don't have any favorites right now," Griffin says. "I'm just looking for that one that really catches my eye and a place where I fit in and where I'm comfortable.
"Right now I plan on waiting until signing day, but if any school I visit in the next two weeks can draw it out of me then I'll make the commitment then."