Griffis: Coming to win championships

Jeremy Griffis, a defensive back out of Southern Durham (N.C.) High School, verbally committed to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo Friday evening on the first night of his official visit to campus.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback was recruited by Navy's Buddy Green, who coached his father, Ray, at N.C. State in the early nineties.

"We were in the locker room looking at the gear and I told Coach Ken and Coach Green that I was ready to commit," Griffis told "One of the biggest reasons (for my commitment) is the opportunity to play football at the FBS level. The most important thing reason is being able to attend one of the most prestigious academic institutions on the country.

"After I got to hang out today with some of the players and asking a lot of questions about an average day at the Academy, the nightlife in and around Annapolis, and what the professors are like, I felt comfortable going ahead and committing.

"This is going to be a great recruiting class to go with the talent that's already here. We're going to be competing for American Athletic Conference championships. I know that's the vision Coach Ken has for the program. I want to come in, work hard, and help make that a real possibility for Navy football."

Griffis chose Navy over an offer from Davidson College in his home state of North Carolina.

As a senior Griffis had 39 tackles, six interceptions, and 21 pass breakups for a 13-1 Spartan team that was trying to repeat as 3A state champions.

"It was my cover skills that got Navy's attention in recruiting me," he said. "Coach Green likes my recovery speed and how I attack the ball. Overall, he said he's really impressed with my ball hawking ability. They also like that I was a state champion as a junior and want me to bring in that winning mind-set into the program."

"It feels great to be committed (to Navy). It's one of the biggest decision I've had to make in my 17 years, but I'm excited about. I can't wait to play in the Army-Navy game. I was a little concerned about the military service aspect but after talking with the players, getting their feedback, I'm very comfortable with that as well. I'm looking forward to seeing the world."

Griffis said that 15 players from the Southern Durham team will be signing their letters of intent on Wednesday, February 4th. Top Stories