It has been four years since Fresno, Calif., Washington Union produced a highly coveted national recruit, with former Panther wide receiver Deontay Greenberry carrying that banner by becoming a household name on the recruiting trail before committing to Houston.
Could the versatile Class of 2019 athlete DeMarcus Griffin emerge as the next Panther to get college football coaches to visit the Easton campus?
In the wake of Fresno State hiring Jeff Tedford on Wednesday, the Bulldogs could have a possible Jahvid Best for the new Bulldog head coach. Here’s a breakdown.
He already has the kind of 40-yard dash time that few high school sophomores have: 4.56; which also makes him one of the fastest prep players in the Central Section. He does his most damage on outside runs, as he turns the corner, then turns on another gear to leave behind a trail of broken grass and dust. Has the elusiveness of an outside running back threat, as Griffin comes with an array of juke moves and cutbacks. He’s part of a quarterback rotation at Union and does an excellent job of hiding the football on designed bootleg runs then taking off downfield. He’s also bounced between slot receiver and kickoff returns. Some schools will likely still be turned off by his size since he’s currently 5’8”. There also isn’t much film of him overpowering through arm tackles, which raises the question of whether or not he can be a speed and power runner. He doesn’t throw the ball much for the Panthers and is strictly an option-type signal caller.
FRESNO STATE BREAKDOWN
Not only does Griffin look near similar to the former Cal standout Best, but his game resembles another diminutive Central Valley star who turned out quite well for Fresno State – Clifton Smith. With the Tedford regime looming, the new Bulldog coach has been known for using versatile weapons on the field. Griffin can fit that bill there.