Griffin has five offers

Last fall, Stephen Griffin had a breakout season. Now, the 2015 Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg safety has handful of scholarship offers.

After a big junior season, it should as no surprise that Stephen Griffin has seen his recruitment gain momentum.

"I have five offers – Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and UNC-Charlotte," said the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Griffin.

The four ACC offers have come in the past two months.

The first of the four offers came from Clemson.

"I like Clemson a lot," he said. My dad actually played there, so it was great knowing that such a successful program believed in me.

"I used to go to games there when I was a little kid and it's just crazy how I once dreamed about playing there. Honestly, it was kind of unbelievable."

Duke was the next school.

"I like Duke a lot, too," Griffin said. "I like Coach (David) Cutcliffe – he's a great coach and a great guy.

"Coach (Derrick) Jones, the defensive backs coach, he was the one who offered me a scholarship and I like him. He's a great coach and it would be great to play for somebody like that."

After that, he was offered by another in-state program.

"North Carolina offered me after Duke," Griffin said. "I had been up there a couple of times during the season and I love the campus.

"It felt really good to get another in-state program because they're close to home. And I like coach (Larry) Fedora and (wide receivers) coach (Gunter) Brewer."

His most recent offer came last week.

"Georgia Tech was my latest offer," he said. "I called (B-backs) coach Bryan Cook and he said the coaching staff sat down and watched my film, then he said they really liked it and offered me."

"It feels good to know that another big-time program is showing interest and wants me to come in and make an impact. It means a lot."

Another school is recruiting Griffin.

"Tennessee is the main one recruiting me pretty hard that hasn't offered yet," he said. "Hopefully, they'll offer soon because I like them and used to live in Knoxville.

Griffin will start taking some unofficial visits in the near future.

"I think I'm going up to Clemson either on Feb. 1 or 2 and I'm going up to North Carolina soon," he said. "And I'm trying to get down to Georgia Tech and maybe Tennessee. It looks like most of the visits will be between late January and February."

During his junior season, Griffin finished with 80 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a touchdown on defense. Offensively, he completed 45-of-82 passes for 565 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 83 times for 543 yards and three touchdowns. He was an all-conference selection and named team MVP.

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