RB Griffin Visits La Tech; U-M Still on Top

It is an exciting time for running back William Griffin of Patterson, La., High School. After rushing for a touchdown in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic in Shreveport, La., he sped off for an official visit to Louisiana Tech in nearby Ruston. GoBlueWolverine.com spoke Tuesday with Griffin, who will visit Michigan this month.

The winter month of January is the month when things heat up for high school prospects who have yet to decide on the college. For some, like running back William Griffin of Patterson, La., High School, it's also when things are getting started.

GoBlueWolverine.com saw the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Griffin perform in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic on Jan. 6 in Shreveport, La. He showed good speed and jump, and also the ability to put his head down and plow through would-be tacklers.

Immediately after the All Star game he was off to Louisiana Tech for his first official visit. "They made me feel right at home; of course it kinda is that way since it's in Louisiana," he said. "I knew a lot of the guys up there from playing against them in high school ball, so it was real comfortable. My younger brother and dad went up with me."

Before the Bowl game, Griffin told GBW that Michigan has recently been in contact with him, and had scheduled an official visit for this weekend. The Wolverines have yet to offer Griffin, yet may do so during the visit. He said earlier that if Michigan offered, he would commit.

However, he backed off of that statement after the game, stating he wanted to take all of his visits before deciding. Today, he updated his thoughts. "I talked to Coach (U-M assistant coach Fred) Jackson today and I'm going to Michigan on January 13 (note: later the same night moved to Jan. 27 -- see story on GBW front page)," Griffin said. "I'm looking forward with going up there; Michigan is the big-time. I think if they offer I just might go ahead and commit, we'll see. My two brothers are going up with me and they'll let me know what they think." The younger Griffin, Travis, is a potential class of 2007 prospect at the wide receiver position. William Griffin told GBW that U-M assistant Fred Jackson has expressed an interest in Travis.

Griffin also has visits planned with Nebraska, and maybe Arkansas.

Click here for GBW's scouting report on Griffin, including photos.

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