Recruiting: Griffin Grew Up An OSU Fan

It's true! The Oklahoman's All-State punter from 2008 and one of the top prospects in Oklahoma for the 2010 recruiting class grew up an Oklahoma State fan. Delans Griffin of Clinton, Okla., does laugh about being an All-State punter.

"How does that happen?" asked Griffin when we reminded him of it. When it was explained his rushing stats gave him an edge over all other punters, he understood. "I never thought that I would be an All-State punter but I was glad to be on there.

"I have been an Oklahoma State fan my whole life," he added. "There are a couple of us here in Clinton, and I am one of them. You could say Barry Sanders is part of it, but I like Adrian Peterson (the former OU running back) too. I just have always been an Oklahoma State fan."

Griffin did punt well for Clinton, but he did even better running for the Red Torandoes as he rushed for 1,962 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior. He also caught three touchdown passes and returned four kicks for scores this past season. He also plays basketball and runs track.

In fact, right now he is waiting to come back in basketball after breaking a small bone in his foot two weeks ago. "I should be back soon," he said.

Two weeks ago he was in Norman for Oklahoma Junior Day and then last week he and Clinton center Jarrett Richert were in Stillwater for the OSU Junior Day.

"They were both nice," said Griffin. "OU was nice too. Oklahoma State went good. It was even better than I was expecting. I always wanted to be able to go to a junior day as good as that."

At this stage, Oklahoma State fans should get a paper bag out and breath into it. You may be in danger of hyperventilating.

It is very nice to hear the 5-9, 178-pound speedster (4.49) talk like that. So far Griffin has an offer from Texas Tech.

"It's nice to have that but I really hope to get offers from the in-state schools," he said. "I am keeping my option open."

The guess here is he will not have to wait long on those offers as they should come pouring in at some point. After all, he nearly averaged 40 yards a punt when Clinton had to punt. However, because of his play-making ability Griffin didn't get to showcase that talent very often.

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