West Coast QB Griffin Still Likes State

The big signal caller says he has no qualms about leaving the West Coast for the Midwest and loves the things that Coach Dantonio and his staff are doing in East Lansing. He hopes to arrange a visit to the school soon.

The Spartans are expanding their reach for high school talent under the administration of head coach Mark Dantonio.

Even on the West Coast, MSU is attracting attention from top players who noticed the changes going on in East Lansing.

The latest of those players to express interest in the Michigan State program is Chaminade College Prep quarterback Ryan Griffin, a three-star prospect who likes what he sees in MSU.

"I haven't been offered by Michigan State, but I would love to receive an offer," said Griffin when GSN caught up with him early this week.

When asked why Michigan State was the only school in his top five that was situated in the Midwest, Griffin pointed to MSU tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Mark Staten.

"Our family knows Coach Staten, he's from right down the road here in Encino, we've known him for a while."

Indeed, Staten started his coaching career as an assistant at Crespi Carmelite High in Encino, just 11 miles from West Hills, where Chaminade is located.

Based on his production thus far, it may not take too long before the Spartans decide to tender an offer for the 6-foot-4, 206-pound prototypical drop back passer.

Griffin was 212-for-360 yards (59%) for 3,358 yards, throwing 32 touchdown passes to eight interceptions, helping the Eagles to the CIF-SS Quarterfinals as a junior last year.

Five times Griffin threw for over 300 yards, including 352 against state champ Canyon and he also threw five touchdown passes against Lynwood. He also rushed for three scores and he benches 220 pounds, squats 320.

He says his top five, with an extra squad thrown in for good measure are UCLA, Stanford, Michigan State, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington.

The big signal caller says he has no qualms about leaving the West Coast for the Midwest and loves the things that Coach Dantonio and his staff are doing in East Lansing. He hopes to arrange a visit to the school soon.

GSN will keep up with the recruitment of a player who appears to be the top ranked QB on MSU board thus far.


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