Future Coug blows the doors off NIKE camp

FUTURE COUGAR Marcus Griffin didn't pad up for the local camp event on Friday and Mercer Island but he certainly made some hay this weekend in Eugene at the final NIKE camp of the recruiting season. Indeed, the 6-3, 292-pounder was not only the defensive line MVP -- one national recruiting analyst had him pegged, if such an award were given, as the overall camp MVP.

Bellevue's Griffin, who verballed to the Cougs back in April, says WSU likes him at either nose tackle or defensive end. He sure opened some eyes this weekend for his work on the interior of the line.

"If there was an overall MVP for the camp, regardless of position, it probably would have gone to Griffin," said Scout.com's Greg Biggins. "The big defensive tackle flashed a wide array of skills and was unblockable all day. He showed very good quickness off the snap, uses his hands very well, has great raw power and the closing speed to easily get around an opposing guard or center after he initially beats them.

"Washington State got an absolute steal with Griffin and it will be interesting to see how many other programs try and jump on him over the summer."

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman was also on hand at the camp event.

"What stood out to me the most with Griffin was just the power he had at first contact," says Huffman. "Even though they weren't supposed to be bull-rushing, the one time he did, he threw an offensive lineman who outweighed him by about 30 pounds, a few yards back. But when he was needing to use his moves, he did them well, both with the swim and the spin move.

"His quickness off the ball was pretty impressive too, showing that quick first step, and as he said after the camp, he's conditioned to perform in high-intensity events just because Bellevue's practices are so hard."

The publisher of the UCLA scout on Scout.com, Tracy Person, thought Griffin was the top dog as well.

EARLIER IN THE WEEKEND, at Friday's NW Elite Camp on Mercer Island, Griffin didn't participate but was in attendance watching his future coach at WSU, Joe Salave'a, instruct the troops.

"We've got a nice class coming in already," Griffin said on Friday. "It's stacked and it's solid. We've got some guys people were sleeping on, and some guys that a lot of people wanted, but we're building something special. These coaches know how to recruit. Greg Hoyd (another WSU defensive commit), is real nice."

Here's more from Biggins after Griffin's star turn on Sunday:

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