Buffs in Top Five for Griffin

As reported on April 15th, Colorado has extended an offer to Running Back Willie Griffin from Oakland McClymonds High School. The self-described 'power-back' also has an offer from Oregon State and says he is excited to take a trip to Boulder.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
40 time: 4.61
Bench: 285
Squat: 425
From: Oakland, California
High School: McClymonds

As a junior, Willie Griffin rushed for 854 yards, 15 touchdowns and five two-point conversions. He split time with two other backs. Griffin was named second team all-city.

The tailback will no longer split as much time and will be the featured back this fall.

He has written offers from Colorado and Oregon State. "I also have a verbal offer from Washington," Griffin explains.

Although he hails from the Bay Area, Griffin's favorite college is on the complete opposite corner of the map. "I would have to say my top school is Miami. They called and spoke with my coach today and said they wanted tape. I also like Washington, Colorado, Cal, and Michigan."

He is attending the Cal junior day this weekend and also plans on attending the Bears' camp. In addition to that one, he will attend summer camps at USC and Fresno State.

Griffin is in frequent contact with former McClymonds star and current Buff, Tyrone Henderson. "I watch Colorado play a lot since Tyrone was an alumni here. I like the way they pound the ball with the run. Ty tells me the atmospehere there is great and that I would grow to love it if I went there. Colorado likes to run the ball downhill and that is what I do best. I am looking forward to taking a visit there."

Coach Chris Strausser is after him for the Buffs.

The Oakland product has had coaches put him in some pretty hefty company when it comes to comparisons. "I am a power back and a lot of coaches tell me I remind them of Lendale White and Emmitt Smith. I am always running the ball hard. I am a downhill runner. I will get those hard yards between the tackles, but I can also take it to the corner if I have to. "

He has no reservations about leaving the state. "I live with my mom, grandma and four siblings, so if I left my siblings can still be here with the women. My mom and grandma say they will support whatever decision I make. I will do what is best for me whether it is in California or another state."

Griffin received a 1970 on his recent SAT and he now expects many more offers to pour in. He carries a 2.6 core GPA.

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