One of the most promising young football prospects in the state of Illinois is 2018 Chicago (IL) Mt. Carmel defensive back Houston Griffith, son of former Illinois running back Howard Griffith. Despite being just a sophomore, Griffith has already amassed a handful of power-five conference offers, including a couple this fall.
"I’ve gotten Maryland and Virginia offers,” he said. “I don’t know much about those schools so I’m going to go see them during the summer time."
Griffith has leaned on his dad, a former Big Ten football player and current Big Ten Network analyst, for guidance throughout the early stages of his recruitment. Unlike some football parents, the elder Griffith has allowed his son to navigate a lot of the process on his own.
"He just told me to stay humble and stay hungry,” he said. "And he told me that when I’m picking a school, just to pick the school that’s best for me and do what’s right."
Griffith is not letting the recruiting process consume him at an early age, either. He does not seem to be in any rush to dive heavily into the process and will likely wait a few months before making any unofficial visits.
"I’m probably going to wait for the spring and summer for visits,” he said. "I don’t plan on any this winter."
Formerly a dual-thread quarterback for his sophomore team as a freshman, Griffith has transitioned full-time to the defensive backfield at cornerback and admitted he has encountered some challenges in that process.
"The speed and the strength of receivers has been an adjustment,” Griffith said. "I’m learning to be more aggressive at the line and being more eye-disciplined. I really want to work on my footwork and my speed.”
The coaching situation at Illinois is very much up in the air right now, but Griffith said that he’s taking things one day at a time and will let the situation play itself out.
"The coaches just told me to be positive and stay with them,” he said. "They’re just going to keep doing what they’re doing right now."