Four-star defensive back Houston Griffith looking to soon make verbal commitment

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Though closing in on a potential verbal commitment, blue-chip defensive back Houston Griffith is keeping his top schools close to the vest.

Four-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive back Houston Griffith told Scout something few prospects can say at any point in their recruitment. He admitted he had every verbal scholarship offer he wants. 

The next step, trimming an offer list 30 schools deep, is fast approaching. 

"I feel like everybody right now has a shot," he said. "Every school that has offered me has a shot but I'm probably going to officially narrow things down after our spring game (May 18) or sometime soon in the next month. A top 10."

Filtering through the top 10 down to one program will also be completed before IMG kicks off the 2017 football season. 

"I'm probably going to make a commitment in the summertime," Griffith said. "I'm starting to think about places that need me instead of places that just want me. Everyone who wanted me offered me a scholarship but I need to be somewhere where I'm needed, where I can step in as a freshman and make an impact right away."

Griffith elected not to say which programs were standing out the most or even recruiting him the hardest, but fairly recent trips relatively close to his native Chicago or his current home caught his attention.

"Penn StateOhio StateNotre DameFlorida State," he said with a smile. "But everybody who has offered me has stayed in contact the most."

Along with his IMG Academy teammates, Griffith saw many SEC and ACC schools on a spring break bus tour, too. Some of the Southern programs have upped their contact with the Scout 100 prospect.

A few more visits are likely to take place in between the top 10 safety projection's release of his top programs and the summertime verbal commitment.

"Right after we get out of schools I need to take visits to schools my parents haven't been to, especially my mom, she needs to be comfortable," Griffith said.

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