Downhill Runner

Running back Willie Griffin (5-8, 190, 4.6) from McClymonds High School in Oakland (Calif.) finished his junior season with 854 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had five two-point conversions, in only his third year of playing football. Griffin benches 285 pounds, squats 425 and has a vertical jump of 33.7-inches.

Willie Griffin Profile

"I can run downhill well and I finish off the run," Griffin said. "I can always earn the extra yards and I'm a hard runner. I just have a nose for the end zone. I want to get faster and improve my 40 time. I used to be more of a speed guy but I bulked up last year and added a lot of muscle and became more of a power runner. I'd like to be more versatile and improve my movement and shiftiness."

Griffin has scholarship offers from Washington, Oregon State, Colorado and BYU. He favors Miami slightly over Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Colorado. "Miami is the school that I grew up watching," Griffin said. "I'm hoping they offer me. An offer from Miami looks great on your resume. They were recruiting me my sophomore season but that coach left. Since then we've started the process over again and sent them more tape. I met coach Larry Coker during my sophomore season and liked him a lot. I think they'll be back to recruiting me again. They have a great running back tradition and they help get you to the next level. I love how every game is televised and you get a lot of exposure.

"Michigan is another school I've always liked. I just loved the colors," Griffin said. "I like the way they run the ball. They are really tough and hard-nosed. I like Notre Dame because of coach Charlie Weis. He has NFL experience and that's a big plus.

"Oregon is my favorite school in the Pac-10," Griffin said. "They liked my film and said they are only offering one running back this year, so they are going to wait until the season to decide who gets it. I really want to be the back that gets the offer."

Griffin says he plans to attend camps at USC, California and Fresno State this summer and hopes to garner more attention and offers. "Most of the Pac-10 schools are recruiting me and I just hope to get as many offers from as many conferences as I can. I've had a lot of coaches come to my high school and I know that they don't always offer right away. It's a long process."

He reports a 2.7 GPA and a 1300 SAT.

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