One of Cali's top backs holds OSU offer

WILLIE GRIFFIN is among California's Top Ten RB prospects this year -- in a deep field -- according to The video available to subscribers shows why. The 5-8, 190-pounder also finally gets his chance to be the featured back at Oakland's McClymonds High in 2006. A shifty runner with a good burst and ability to get lost in amongst the lumber, Griffin holds an offer from Oregon State.

In addition to the Beavs, Griffin holds offers from Colorado, Washington, Utah and BYU. Other schools are starting to show increased interest as well.

"I have five offers and UCLA hasn't offered me but they're sending me a lot of mail," said Griffin. "Oregon is another one who is going to be evaluating me on whether to offer or not after my first game or two -- most of the other schools are waiting on deciding on whether to offer, they're waiting to evaluate me on my first couple of games."

The Beavers, who have a verbal commitment from RB Ahmed Mokhtar, have been in touch but they're not recruiting the hardest at this stage, said Griffin. That would be Colorado and Washington. Not coincidentally, those two schools lead.

A former teammate of Griffin's, defensive back Patrick Henderson, signed with the Beavs this past fall and has told Griffins good things about Corvallis and OSU. But Griffin said he hasn't heard as much from the OSU staff lately.

"Colorado and Washington are at the top right now," said Griffin, who added he's not in a hurry to make a decision.

OFFICIAL VISITS look to be key to his decision making process.

"Basically it just depends on the academics a school has to offer and what kind of environment it's like when football season is over -- is it really a place where I can live," said Griffin.

He has one official visit set up to date, to Colorado on October 13.

ALL THE SCHOOLS are recruiting him at running back, and nearly five minutes of video on his player page give a good indication as to why.

Despite sharing time with two other backs on a McClymonds team that was loaded with talent in 2005, Griffin rushed for 854 yards, 15 touchdowns and five two-point conversions. He was named second team all-city for his efforts.

Griffin might not have traditional breakaway speed, but he makes nice cuts, runs with power and owns a deceptive burst. And then there's that ability to disappear in a crowd and come out racing on the other side.

Strength numbers include a squat of 425 pounds, a 285 pound bench press, and a vertical jump of 33.7-inches.

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