Pack Offers Griffiths

Monroe (NC) Sun Valley standout Tyler Griffiths has spent the summer attending various college camps in hopes of landing a scholarship offer.

Monroe (NC) Sun Valley standout Tyler Griffiths has spent the summer attending various college camps in hopes of landing a scholarship offer.

"I tried to pick my camps based on what schools I thought would need a snapper in my class," said Griffiths. "I felt like those would be the colleges most likely to offer a scholarship."

Griffiths worked out at several schools, including Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, and he will be at Virginia later this month. He pointed out that he was the top snapper at each camp he attended and really impressed the NC State coaches.

"When I camped at State they offered me a preferred walk-on spot after camp," said Griffiths. "I won the top snapper award there. About 15 minutes after I left camp, Louisville offered me a full ride."

Griffiths, who had already camped at Louisville, was pleased with the offer from the Cardinals.

"Coach Petrino called and offered me himself," said Griffiths. "It was great. I had a good time there... that was my first offer."

On Tuesday Griffiths and his family decided to visit NC State for an unofficial visit.

"The coaches took me around the campus, and they showed me everything that State had to offer," he stated. "At the end of the day, coach Doeren offered me a full ride with my family right there in his office.

"I was surprised. I really didn't know what to expect because I thought I was going to have to come in as a preferred walk-on and earn one."

Griffiths remained in contact with his recruiting coach for the Wolfpack, Eddie Faulkner, who gave no indication an offer was coming.

"I love coach Faulkner," he said. "He's the one I communicate with the most. I can message him on Twitter, and he'll respond to me quickly. I've built a relationship with him and I've always liked him.

"He never told me I was going to get that offer so obviously it was surprising."

Griffiths has one more camp remaining (Virginia) and plans on taking unofficials to North Carolina and Louisville.

"I'm taking my final visits right now," he said. "I loved what I saw at State though. I've already been to all the places, and that was by far my best visit.

"It's a family environment. Everyone I met, they genuinely made feel wanted. I felt like the coach's made it feel like they wanted me, cared about me."

Does Griffiths have a timeframe for making a decision?

"I plan on committing before the season starts," he said. "I'll do it fairly soon."

Griffiths is currently rated the No. 1 snapper in North Carolina, and the No. 9 snapper in the country by Chris Rubio Snapping.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder explains why.

"I can snap around 0.65 seconds," he said. "I'm really accurate... can hit all the spots the coaches want their punters to catch it at."


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