Griffin Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Tenafly (N.J.) athlete Nakia Griffin became the third commitment in the Rutgers 2015 class when he made his decision during a visit to campus Tuesday. Griffin spoke first with about his decision to stay in state for his college career.

It did not take long for Tenafly (N.J.) athlete Nakia Griffin to come to a decision after receiving a verbal offer from coach Kyle Flood. Griffin took an unofficial visit to Rutgers Tuesday afternoon and headed home as a commit.

"I guess I can say first that I'm officially a Scarlet Knight," Griffin said.

Griffin committed to Rutgers as a tight end, and the 6-foot-5, 220-pound represents the third commitment in the 2015 class.

"It's perfect," Griffin said. "I'm going to the Big Ten. It's a Big Ten school. We have some naysayers and people doubting us, but not for long. We're going to win championships. We're going to win bowl games, and it's really big to be a part of it. I love it right now."

Griffin spent the day on campus to learn more about the program. By committing to Rutgers, he will become teammates with close friends like 2014 defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins and 2015 quarterback Michael Dare.

"I'm staying close to home and close to my family," he said. "I'm going to play in front of my family and play with my friends like Kevin Wilkins and Michael the other commit. Like I said, we're going to do it big."

Griffin joins Dare and four-star running back Saquon Barkley in the verbal commitment list of 2015 prospects. All three are set to line up on the offensive side of the ball.

Griffin has experience at multiple positions, and said he plans to contribute at whatever spot fits him best.

"I see myself giving them an opportunity to use me in a lot of different ways," Griffin said. "I'm a tight end. I can be a flex tight end, a wide receiver, basically an offensive weapon."

The 6-foot-5 athlete is open to multiple positions or roles within the offense. He also aims to contribute where possible on special teams.

"I just want to help us win," he said. "We want to win big games. We're going to win championships, and it's great to be a part of something this special."

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