Derrick Griffin is a big time football player. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he has ideal size for a major college wide receiver already. Because of that size (especially at his age), it's easy to imagine that he will grow into a tight end at the college level. He brings a tremendous amount of speed and athleticism to the position. His size created a lot of mismatch problems at the prep level, and that will likely continue at the college level because of his overall skill set. He can run extremely well. He has tremendous leaping ability. He shows the ability to make things happen in the open field with the ball in his hands. His production numbers were tremendous on the field over the last few seasons. Physically and athletically, he seems like the total package and that's a big reason why he was recruited nationally and was selected to play in January's US Army All-American Game. He's also a top notch basketball player as well.
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Griffin's size will likely make him a tight end prospect down the road. If and when that happens, he will still need to add some more weight and strength to become a full-time player at that position. He's a very athletic kid, a hybrid type, right now and will just need to continue get molded into a complete player at the position. Can he block? Will he be willing to block and really mix it up? Those are questions that remain to be seen. One of the reasons why he didn't sign earlier this month is because of his academic situation. That will have to get worked out in order for Griffin to play at Miami this fall, or else a semester at a prep school could be in store for the talented youngster.
This is a big commitment for the Hurricanes. Even if he has to spend a semester in prep school, Griffin now has ties to the Hurricanes and their coaching staff. If he's able to qualify for the fall semester, this would have to be considered one of the biggest steals of the entire recruiting season. Griffin is widely considered one of the nation's top overall prospects at his position and his skill set indicates that he has a big time future ahead of him. While he may start out at receiver, it's likely that he will grow into a pass-catching tight end down the road. The Hurricanes need those badly, and they have two new ones (Beau Sandland and Standish Dobard) already enrolled in school. Two others -- Ryheem Lockley and Derrick Griffin -- have signed but may have to spend a semester in prep school. Even if the Canes can get one of them back for January of 2014, it'd be a big boost -- especially Griffin. He is the total package from a physical standpoint, and could see immediate playing time if he ultimately ends up on the field for the Hurricanes.