William Griffin Scores All-Star TD; U-M Leads

Running back William Griffin of Patterson, La., participated in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic on Thursday at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., starting at tailback for the West team and scoring a touchdown. After the game, he backed off his Wednesday statement to GoBlueWolverine.com that he would commit to Michigan if offered during his Jan. 13 official visit

William Griffin of Patterson, La., High School was the starting running back in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic played Thursday on a chilly evening in Shreveport, La. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Griffin lined up at tailback for the West squad in the game and scored the first touchdown of the evening to put his team up 7-3 late in the first quarter. He showed good power and balance as he broke several tackles while plowing into the endzone. That would be his only score of the night, though the West All-Stars did go on to defeat the East All-Stars 21-13.

The West offensive line collapsed on several occasions, which resulted in Griffin being hit at the line of scrimmage almost immediately after receiving the ball from quarterback J.P. Tillman of Cy-Falls High School in Houston. "I could have done better tonight," Griffin said. "It was a lot of fun though and I'm pretty happy with the way I ran."

On the recruiting front:

When GoBlueWolverine.com spoke Wednesday with Griffin, he was emphatic that a Michigan offer would result in his immediate acceptance and commitment to the Wolverines. "If they offer, I'm going to commit. It's going to be Michigan for me," he said at the time. He even stated that he had told several schools that he wasn't interested, because of his desire to be a Wolverine. After the game, however, he stepped back from his earlier statements, and said he will now take additional visits. "I'm going to Louisiana Tech tonight for an official visit," he said. "Then I will go on my Michigan visit. After that, I am going to Nebraska, and then I'll visit Arkansas. Those are the only visits I will take, and I'll make my decision after those visits, depending on what offers I get." Griffin said he has been told by the Michigan staff that an offer could come during his visit.

Griffin explained his reason for his change of heart. "I just want to see what's out there and keep my options open," he said. "I talked to Coach Jackson today and he's okay with it. Michigan is still my favorite, but I want to see other places."

He said his brothers, Travis and Michael, will accompany him on his La. Tech and Michigan visits, but he wasn't sure whether they would be with him on his trips to Nebraska and Arkansas. Travis, the youngest of the three, is a star player in his own right, and Griffin said Michigan is taking a look at him at the wide receiver position.

Scouting Report on William Griffin:

Griffin is more of a north-south type of runner. He didn't show a lot of agility though he does have good speed, as he demonstrated on several occasions when he was able to beat defenders to the outside. He has a good burst as well.

He is also a sure-handed pass catcher and runs well after the reception. While he isn't ranked highly, those who have seen him believe he will benefit from proper coaching at the next level. Several D-1A coaches were in attendance at the game and were overheard stating that Griffin has the raw talent; he just needs to be taught to play.

The cold resulted in a number of fumbles on the evening by both squads. However, Griffin showed an iron grip as he was not among those who coughed up the ball.

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