Griffin Considering UNC

Despite his eight-month long verbal commitment to Tennessee, Stephen Griffin, who officially visited North Carolina over the weekend, is unsure at which school he’ll enroll in January.

“Right now, I’m committed to Tennessee,” Griffin said. “I can’t speak on [how the UNC official visit affects my commitment] right now.”

Griffin, a 6-foot-3, 182-pound safety from Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg, is also unsure when he’ll make a final decision regarding his college plans.

“It will be soon, though, because it has to be soon,” Griffin said.

Next up for Griffin is his Tennessee official visit this coming weekend. He attended a couple of Volunteers games this fall – the season-opening win over Utah State and the loss to SEC rival Florida – where he said he couldn’t help but be impressed by the 102,000-plus capacity of Neyland Stadium.

Griffin and UNC assistant coach Gunter Brewer resumed communication about a month ago. That led Griffin to attend UNC’s thrilling victory over Pitt a couple of weekends back. After returning home, he decided to schedule this past weekend’s official visit.

“I just wanted to check it out to take a deeper look,” Griffin said. “I just wanted to explore North Carolina, because I’m interested in them a little bit. I just wanted to check it out.”

Griffin also attended a pair of UNC games as a junior. This past weekend’s visit, though, he was able to spend more time with Tar Heels players, specifically fellow Charlotte natives Kemmi Pettway and Kedrick Davis.

“It was cool, because we automatically kind of connected since we’re from the same area,” Griffin said. “It was real easy to talk to them.”

Additionally, Griffin spent ample one-on-one time with Brewer and the rest of UNC’s coaches.

“I got [to] see what they were thinking getting their thought process on everything,” Griffin said. “That was cool.”

That one-on-one time concluded on Sunday with Griffin and his parents meeting with Larry Fedora before concluding the official visit.

“We just talked about how the program is going, how I can be used in the program,” Griffin said. “He was just making me and my parents feel comfortable.

“[He talked about] just coming in, maybe making an impact early, [and] coming in and playing. I know I’ll have to compete. It’s coming up quick, [because] January is when I’m enrolling. He wants me ready to come in ready to compete.”

Griffin, who has played just about every skill position for South Meck, says the staff hasn’t discussed exactly which safety position he projects to play within UNC’s 4-2-5 scheme.

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