Griffey Learns From UNC's Camp

One of the more recognizable "names" to camp at North Carolina this summer was Trey Griffey, son of future baseball Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.

"My family has always been good at football," Griffey said. "My dad was recruited for football, but he chose baseball because he was the No. 1 prospect in baseball. My grandfather went to Marshall to play football, and then he had to provide for his family so he chose baseball."

Unlike his father and grandfather, Griffey won't have to worry about the allure of baseball. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete only plays football at Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips.

After receiving a couple of letters from Everett Withers, who recruits the Orlando area for the Tar Heels, Griffey decided to include UNC within his summer camp schedule.

"North Carolina is a pretty good place," Griffey said. "My parents thought I should check it out… I really wanted to see the campus. I felt that if they showed interest in me, I should show interest in them."

Griffey participated in the first session of UNC's second two-day camp, spending most of his time with the wide receivers group under the tutelage of Charlie Williams.

"Coach Williams is funny," Griffey said. "He's relaxed but knows what he's talking about. He taught me some new things that I wasn't sure about, like some stuff I needed to work on. He told me that I need to be more explosive and that when I'm going to cut I need to stomp and get out of there quick, because I was shuffling my feet and then cut. He said it saves a lot of time and doesn't tip off the defender."

At Withers' request, Griffey worked out at defensive back during the last 15 minutes of the camp session's individual position drills portion before rejoining the wide receivers for one-on-one drills.

"Coach Withers was watching basically," Griffey said. "He let the other coaches that were helping him do what they were doing and he was observing."

Before departing for his next camp stop, Northwestern, Griffey had conversations with both Williams and Withers, where he was asked to stay in contact. Since the camp, Griffey has called Withers.

"He said they're going to evaluate me and they're going to watch my film during the fall and see how I excel," Griffey said.

Eleven schools have offered Griffey, including Michigan State and Washington State.

"I'm just open to whomever," Griffey said. "I'm just thinking about it and talking it over with my parents. They just want me to go where I'm going to be successful in football and also get a good education."

Griffey, who plans on making a verbal commitment during the fall, is going to take his time with the recruiting process.

"I don't want to rush into anything too early," Griffey said. "I want to see the campuses a couple of times [and] talk to the coaches and see how they think I'm going to fit into their program."

Griffey has a favorable opinion of UNC stemming from his camp experience, plus an unlikely source.

"I love UNC," Griffey said. "It's pretty cool. My family knows Grant Hill, who went to Duke. He said the area is great and both [UNC's and Duke's] campuses are good. He said it's a beautiful place to be at. It's a pretty campus and I liked the coaches."

Besides UNC and Northwestern, Griffey camped at Indiana and Purdue. Outside of Florida's Camp in July, the rest of his summer will be spent visiting schools, including trips to Miami, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, and Washington State.

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