JUCO LB says LSU visit good

Pasadena (Calif.) CC linebacker James Griffin (6-1, 205, 4.5) is one of the most highly coveted junior college players in the country and he just returned from his official visit to LSU.

"I had a good time," Griffin said. "It was a good visit. It felt like home. I got the chance to meet the players and the coaches were cool. They really showed me where I fit in at. They took it to an extreme."


Griffin committed to the Tigers back in the summer and he has been hot and cold on them since de-committing a few weeks later. He had already visited Virginia Tech, Washington and Oregon before last weekend and has his final trip set up for West Virginia (Dec. 20). Griffin plans on announcing his intentions the Sunday he returns from West Virginia so he does not have much time.


"It's a dead heat right now," Griffin told Tiger Rag. "These are all schools where I feel like I could go in and be a difference-maker on the team. I see that in all of the schools I can choose from. None of them have any shortcomings. These are all top-notch programs. Any of them could win the national championship."


LSU is recruiting him as a strong safety and he feels like he could excel under coach Nick Saban's watchful eye.


"I'll play wherever I need to play to help the team," said Griffin, who will enroll at school in January so that he can participate in spring practice. "But in that scheme I would love to play strong safety. I would bring a whole lot to that position. I have a lot of fire in me."


LSU receiver Michael Clayton was his host for the weekend and he went out of his way to show Griffin a good time.


"A lot of people knew who I was and that felt kind of good," Griffin said. "A lot of people at the clubs let me know they wanted me. That felt good too."


Sonny's View: Virginia Tech is recruiting Griffin as a rover, while Washington wants him to play linebacker. I think the Hokies are the team to beat because of his best friend that plays on the team. However, Griffin felt at home at LSU and he likes the social scene in Baton Rouge. Some coaches will be getting an early Christmas present but which ones.

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