Houston Griffith spent most of June testing his progress.
College camps and 7-on-7 tournaments showed the sophomore defensive back from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago how he stacked up against older competition. He felt positive about the experience.
“I’ve really just been working on my technique and my eye discipline during one-on-ones with receivers,” Griffith said. “Then just getting faster. I think everything has been going well. The progress I’m seeing, I’ve gotten faster running 40s at all the schools I’ve camped at.”
Griffith traveled to Notre Dame, Kentucky, Purdue, Northwestern and worked out with the Penn State staff at a satellite camp. He also participated in R.A.S. Camp in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the IMG national 7-on-7 tournament.
Notre Dame hosted the 6-foot, 185-pound prospect for the Irish Invasion, following up on a spring practice visit.
Associate head coach Mike Denbrock, who recruits Chicagoland, gave Griffith positive feedback. Griffith did the same when it came to the visit experience.
“I did the whole junior day then the camp and the barbecue and everything,” Griffith said. “I think it was actually really eye opening. I got a chance to see the whole campus and understand things about the school and listen to the players at the player panel about why they picked Notre Dame.”
Griffith is the son of Howard Griffith, who starred at Illinois before an 11-year NFL career at fullback. He blocked for running back Terrell Davis for two Super Bowl championships with the Denver Broncos.
“I just want to see how the fans react to the games and how the players actually play,” Griffith said. “I’ve never really been to games at any of those schools, so it should be a good experience for me.”
Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana have already offered scholarships. But aside from some campus trips, Griffith plans to put recruiting on the back burner during the season.
“I really am just gonna worry about the season and my team,” he said. “Once it’s over then it’ll probably be recruiting and some schools. I’m supposed to take a few visits during the season to a few schools.”