The 2013 wide receiver from Fort Wayne spent most of his childhood roaming the football facilities at Ball State, where his dad, Shannon Griffith, held an assistant coaching job for seven years, serving on staff with current Northwestern receivers coach Dennis Springer..
"I was always watching practice, watching what the players do on the field," Griffith said. "A few times when my dad didn't know where I was, I was watching film in a position meeting."
It was that experience—that time spent learning the game—that turned Griffith into the player that he is today. The 6-0, 185-pound wideout is a speedy, sure-handed slot specialist who would provide a spark for any Big Ten offense, but he said that his biggest strength is the work that he puts in off the field, most of which he learned while tagging along with his father at Cardinals' games and practices.
"Since I've been around the game for so many years, I feel like I have a slight edge on everybody," he said. "I'm a student of the game and I know everybody's strengths and weaknesses from watching so much film."
Griffith worked out for Springer, now his lead recruiter, on Thursday at his high school. The Fort Wayne, In, native ran routes and caught passes from Western Michigan-bound quarterback Zach Terrell. Griffith said that coach Springer was impressed with what he saw, emphasizing that Griffith's abilities reflected what he had already seen on tape.
"Coach told me that he thought that I ran good, crisp routes," he said. "What he saw from me on film, he saw today, and that's definitely a good thing."
While Griffith has received offers from just three non-BCS conference schools—Ball State, Toledo and Wyoming—he has become a more coveted prospect among Big Ten schools in recent months, with Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin all showing interest.
He is yet to narrow down his choices, but Griffith has a preference for the Big Ten. Growing up watching Big Ten football with his father, Griffith listened to numerous stories about the Cardinals' struggles against teams from the conference, and from then on, has had his mind set on playing for one of its teams. What separates NU, according to Griffith, is its rigorous academics and coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"I know that a Northwestern degree takes you a long way, so that's a big help," he said. "Another factor is coach Fitzgerald. I love his intensity and the way that he coaches. I know that he wants Northwestern to be on top of the Big Ten."
Griffith planned to make his second campus visit this spring, but was unable to attend due to ACT testing. He plans to visit several Big Ten schools this spring, and will attend NU's one-day minicamp in early June.
"I'm excited but also anxious to find out what's going to happen," Grifith said. "Right now, I've just got to keep working hard, and keep doing what got me to this point, and see what happens."