Griffis has Navy offer

Recruiting is often based on relationships, not just present, but also past. Navy's defensive coordinator, Buddy Green, coached Jeremy Griffis' father, Ray Griffis Jr., when he was at N.C. State. The two bonded in Raleigh and now Green has the chance to recruit his son to Annapolis. He spoke with on where he stands with recruiting with fall soon approaching.

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"I want to say that Navy came in with the offer in mid-May," Griffis said. "It was the first time I spoke with anyone on the Navy staff. They called me down to the coaches' office. I wasn't really expecting anything so the offer came as a big surprise to me. Coach Green, who coached my dad, told me they saw my highlights and liked how well I react with the ball in the air, my cover skills one-on-one, and that I have a ball hawk mentality.

"First and foremost, I think the Navy Academy is a high academic school. That should be what student-athletes look at, how well they are going to educate you. With a degree from the Naval Academy, that will set you up for life. Going to a military academy wasn't something I was thinking about before the offer but if i chose to, I think I'll be able to handle it. With the football program, they're doing great with a bowl games and winning eight or nine games a season. My dad loves Coach Green to death. He wasn't his position coach [at N.C. State] but he knew him, said he's a real players coach who everybody on the team spoke highly of."

Griffis started out at Cummings High School in Burlington, N.C. before transferring to Southern last season. In his junior season, he helped the Spartans to a 14-2 record and a 3A state championship. Griffis made seven interceptions and was named First Team All-Conference at defensive back.

"I think we have a good shot at repeating a state champs," he said. "I shouldn't say repeating because you never do the exact same thing, but we have great coaching and good senior leadership, so it's just about getting the puzzle to fit. If the team can create and identity then they can build momentum. Last year, was my first at playing cornerback. I was playing wide receiver and slot. I'm getting better at recognizing route combinations, getting in and out of my breaks, and locking down my side on the field. I think I'm maturing more and more in my overall game."

During the summer, Griffis attended camps at Appalachian State and Western Carolina. Currently Navy is his only offer, however, he said both Richmond and Wofford are very close to offering as well. Top Stories