The Mississippi high school bylaws state that all players must complete their eligibility by the age of 18 by the end of their senior seasons. Marcus turned 19 in May of his junior campaign, so he was deemed ineligible for his senior year. Griffin decided to enroll at one of the premier junior college programs in the country, N' West CC, which is located 20 miles from his hometown in Batesville (MS).
As a freshman at N' West CC, Marcus sustained a severe deep bruise on his upper thigh which caused a blood clot. He took a medical redshirt and will now have three years to play three on the D1 level.
The Griffin family is no stranger to big time football, as Marcus' older brother, Malika Griffin, stared for Ole Miss during the late 90's.
Marcus Griffin Profile
Height: 5' 10"
40 time: 4.5
The following information was revealed during our interview with Marcus Griffin:
What are your strengths on the field? "I do not know, really. I just watch other great backs and pick up on their styles and implement it in my game."
What style of runner are you? "North and south, man, north and south."
Tell us about your freshman year at N' West CC? "Basically, I got hurt against S' West CC, and I took a medical redshirt. I got a dirty hit after the play. It caused a blood clot in my knee. I am back healthy now though. I feel better than ever."
Which schools are currently recruiting you the hardest? "OleMiss, MSU, LSU, Auburn, and Tennessee."
Any offers? "Not yet, but after Spring training, they are going to get back with me."
Who do you feel is closest to offering you? "Mississippi State and Auburn."
Which schools are you keeping a close eye on? "It is going to be out of MSU, LSU, and Auburn. It is going to be one of those three, but I really like my chances with MSU and Auburn."
Are there anymore schools you are interested in? "I do not know. I have always liked Ole Miss, the school, you know, my brother and a lot of kins went there. But, I just just really aint into Ole Miss. I do not fit in. I never wanted to go there when I saw what type of offense they run."
Have you had a chance to see the new staff's offense at Ole Miss, or are you speaking of the offense that Coach Cutcliffe ran while he was at Ole Miss? "I am talking about their old staff. I know nothing about their new offense. As far as right now, I do not like it, but I am going to check them out next week. I am going to go to one of their practices and see what it is all about."
What all do you like about MSU? "I like Coach Croom. Derek Pegues talks real good about him. Coach (Croom) has a lot of connections in the NFL. He sounds like he would be a comfortable man for me to be around. He is a good person. I do not know. There are a lot of different things I like about Coach Croom. He feeds his running backs a lot too."
And Auburn? "They have a great program. There is something about Coach Tuberville. There is a lot to say about Auburn. I am going to a place where I can leave N' West CC and take over and have two productive years. MSU and Auburn are my top 2 because they need running backs when I am come out. Auburn feeds their running backs too. I also liked how they used Williams."
What are LSU's positives? "I do not know. I just grew up wanting to go to LSU. I always wanted to play there. With Saban gone, I do not know now. I am going to have to check out their new coach just like Ole Miss'. I will see how both of them run their programs and see from there."
When are you scheduled to graduate from N' West CC? "In December."
You will have 3 1/2 years to play 3 on the D1 level? "Yes sir."
You mentioned playing time being important to you; what will be some other factors in your decision? "Just how they treat you. I want to feel comfortable around their coaches. You know, where it is like home away from home."