Houston, We Have an Offer

Howard Griffith is one of the great players in Illinois' long football history. Now, the next generation in the Griffith family is entering his own and received an offer from his father's alma mater.

Howard Griffith is still considered one of the all time great players at Illinois. Holding the single-game rushing touchdowns record with a whopping 8 touchdowns in one game, Griffith's name still draws recognition regularly in conversations about the legacy of Illinois football.

Speaking of legacy, Houston Griffith, son of former Illini running back Howard Griffith, is entering his freshman year of high school at storied program Mt. Carmel in Chicago. And despite the fact that he hasn't even taken a high school snap yet, Griffith has already landed his first college offer, and, of course, it came from the Illini.

The academics as well as the rich football history at Mt. Carmel were two big reasons that Griffith chose to attend Mt. Carmel. Now with the decision of his high school destination out of the way, he didn't catch much of a breather before recruiting kicked in.

The Illinois offer came very early, but Griffith has been working hard and figured that sooner or later, all of his effort would pay off.

"It was somewhat surprising," he said, "but this is something I've been working towards, being offered by a major college all summer."

The level of familiarity with Illinois is understandably high for Griffith. Griffith doesn't take the offer lightly, but he also knows he still has plenty left to accomplish the next four years and beyond.

"Illinois is a program that I've been quite familiar with and had a chance to spend a lot of time around," he said. "I do realize that I have a lot of work ahead of me but it also means that I could play at a major program."

One other important role his father will play in the process is as a guide. Having gone through not only the recruiting process but also college and pro football careers, Howard has plenty to offer Houston when it comes to wisdom.

"It will help a lot," Houston said. "Because you always want to have people that can help you that have already been through the process."

In addition to Illinois, Griffith is also hearing from the likes of Indiana, Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kansas, Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, and Stanford.

One of the particular draws for Griffith is also one of the main points the Illinois staff has been selling frequently.

I would say for one, it's my state's school," he said. "Staying at home appeals to me."

It didn't take long for Griffin to pick up his first offer, but the Illinois offer ensures that the family legacy of college football has the opportunity to live on.

Be sure to check back in here at IlliniPlaybook for more this fall when we get a chance to see Griffith in action on the field.


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