2015 Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg safety prospect Stephen Griffin was surprised when he received word of Michigan’s addition to his offer list. The Wolverines’ sudden presence has sparked a desire to find out more about them. Though not overly familiar with the Maize & Blue there are a few aspects of the program he is well aware of.
“Michigan has great academics and a lot of tradition,” Griffin said. “Coach Mattison has coached some great players when he was with the Baltimore Ravens. Michigan has told me they want me at safety."
Griffin’s Michigan recruitment may still be in its infancy, but in a very short period of time he has established a bit of a bond with one of its coaches.
“Coach Manning and I had a real good vibe,” said Griffin. “He seems like he is real cool he really keeps it real. I like what he had to say to me he told they had seen my film and like the way I play. Coach Manning also told me he will be coaching corners this year. I am looking to come up for a visit this summer.”
Michigan clearly now its foot in the door with the talented youngster. Problem is Clemson already has its whole body inside the house. Griffin’s father was a running back for Clemson from 1982-86. That connection has understandably made the appeal of the Tigers much greater.
“I have been to Clemson many times,” Griffin stated. “My father has taken me for games. When I go up there it is always a great visit. The last time I went me and Coach Sweeney talked. He told me how much taller I am. I like the staff I like Clemson a lot. (Clemson assistant) Coach Pearman played with my dad and I have known him since I was little. I really like him."
Griffin’s status as a Clemson legacy combined with the strong bonds with its coaches may make future as a Tiger appear to be a virtual lock, but that’s not so according to Griffin.
“My dad has put no pressure on me to attend Clemson,” he said emphatically. “He has told me he wants me to go to the best place for me. He has been very supportive of what I am trying to do and really just being my dad.”
That has help foster an open-minded approach to his recruitment. That gives new suitors like Michigan a chance. The same obviously goes for older suitors like Tennessee.
“Tennessee was a good visit,” Griffin said reflecting upon his recent trip to Knoxville. “The whole time I was there I really enjoyed it. Head Coach Butch Jones said how much he loves me and would love to have me be a part of the program because of the vision he has for me there.”
The door of consideration is still open for numerous other coaches to present their visions also. Griffin plans to take his time assess how each of the programs courting him live up to his criteria.
“I am happy about most of the schools that are recruiting me being good academic colleges,” he said. “I am looking to get my degree, a good atmosphere as well as a good relationship with my coaches. I am looking to enroll early and make a decision in late summer.”