Griffin hoping for BYU offer

After heading up to Washington State to attend Junior Day, De La Salle cornerback Kevin Griffin will board a plane and fly to Utah. There, he'll be attending BYU's Junior Day, but he won't be doing so alone. He'll be with a very special person when he steps foot on campus.

Coming in at 6 feet 1 inch and 190 pounds, Kevin Griffin currently has two scholarship offers with more to possibly come. He recently had Nevada, UCLA, USC and Arizona State visit his school inquiring about him as well.

"I think I have really good speed on the football field because I run track too," said Griffin. "I think I can translate that speed onto the field really well. I can cover pretty good but one thing I need to work on are my ball skills. That's what I really want to work on over the summer because I want a big season this year. Last year I had seven or eight picks. I can cover really well and I'm really aware of what's going on, so I can come up and tackle people quickly and I'm not afraid to make tackles."

When it comes to track, Griffin's times qualified him to compete for state.

"Last weekend was at the state track meet and I ran the 400," Griffin said. "It didn't turn out like I wanted it to but I did make state and most people can't say that, but I run the 400 and my [personal record] is 48.2. I run the 200 also and I run a 22.1, and then I also run both 4x1 and 4x4 in track."

The first college to offer a scholarship to Griffin was Washington State. Montana followed suit not long after. On Tuesday he boarded a plane and headed up to Washington State to take part in a Junior Day activity currently underway.

"I'm really excited to come out here because, obviously, they were my first offer, so I'm interested in the school," said Griffin. "I've been talking to them a lot, and I've been talking to Coach Russell almost every day. They're really excited for me to come down here because they've been talking about early play and being a big-time player down here at Washington State.

"I'm really excited to see the campus, the environment and see the people and build a really relationship with the coaches. I want to be at a place where I can trust the coaches and they can trust me. I want to be at a place where I can talk with them not only about football and classroom stuff but about off-the-field stuff. I'm really excited to see what Washington State has to offer me when I'm down here."

Griffin doesn't need to prove himself to the WSU coaches, so there is no need for him to participate in drills.

"They're going to show me around the campus," Griffin said. "They said they are doing some seven-on-seven stuff later on [Wednesday] and I can just watch that and get a feel for Washington State."

When his short visit to Washington State is over, Griffin will then board another plane and head out to Utah for BYU's Junior Day, which begins this Friday.

"I'm really excited to go to BYU," said Griffin. "My grandmother went to BYU and she was saying some great things about the school. She said it's a great education and it's a really great place to be and that I would love it out there, so I'm going out there to check it out to see for myself. I've been talking to Coach Howell and they're really juiced to get me down there to see me compete in person, so I just really hope I go down there and compete the way I know I can and get that offer by the time I leave."

Griffin's grandparents met while attending school at BYU years ago, so the visit holds special meaning for him.

"My grandmother's name is Bonnis Topel and my grandfather, Duane Goodman, actually played down there," said Griffin. "He passed away so I never got a chance to ask him about his playing days down there, but my grandma was a cheerleader up there. She said she really liked it up there. She liked the environment and the people there, so she's really excited to get back down there because she really enjoyed her time there."

When Griffin comes to BYU for Junior Day he will be accompanied by Grandma Topel.

"She wanted to come up with me and I wanted to go with her because that's the school she went to, so it won't be a new thing for me when I go check things out because she's been there," Griffin said. It won't be a new thing for her and she knows what goes on down there."

It will no doubt be a very special experience for the both of them.

"It really means a lot because she went there," Griffin said. "I think it's going to be fun for her to go back out there and see her old school. BYU has been asking me, ‘What has your grandmother said about BYU?' I told them that she wanted to talk to me about it in person so she could tell me her experiences in person [and] what she liked about the school. We were talking a lot on the plane about it [while heading up to Washington State] and I was excited about it. I'm going to be there on Friday and she was saying some good things about the school, so I'm excited to go out there with her and see things for myself."

Well, hopefully the campus hasn't changed too much since the last time Grandma Topel stepped foot in Provo. Regardless, grandmother and grandson will be well taken care of when they visit. It might turn out to be a whole new experience that will bring them even closer. In fact, a family bond is exactly what Griffin is looking for in a football program.

"When it comes to college, family is one of the big things for me and will play a big role when it comes time for me to pick a college," said Griffin. "It's one of the most important things to me outside of getting an education. I want to be in a family environment and around good coaches who are family men.

"I want to be around teammates that work hard and are really focused on schoolwork and working hard. During games I want to be around teammates that are like brothers to me and have my back because I'm going to have theirs. I think I'm going to really like it when I go out there to BYU. I think it's going to be eye-opening for me and will be one of the schools that I'll really consider going to and be interested in."

The standards at BYU are high, but Griffin states the honor code is not a problem.

"I don't party, I don't smoke, I don't drink or do anything like that because it just hurts your body," said Griffin. "My big thing is family and working hard and doing well in the classroom. I just don't have time for partying and all that stuff. I just want to stay focused on what's important."

As of now Griffin doesn't have a scholarship offer from BYU, but he hopes his efforts come Friday will change that, thus giving him the option of attending the same college his grandparents once attended.

"I just want to go out there and really compete," said Griffin. "I was talking to Coach Howell and he said they're only going to take in one cornerback for this class. I'm going to go out there and just compete and try and get as many reps as I can to show them that I'm a leader and an athlete. I want to show them that I'm serious about getting that offer and that if they do offer me it won't be a wasted offer. I'm just going to go out there and compete as hard as I can to try and make that happen."


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