Griffin found out he had plenty in common with the Oregon players. "The players were cool," he said. "They know a lot of players that I know and Onterrio Smith played with my cousin when he was still at Tennessee." Smith and tight end George Wrighster were Griffin's hosts. "There wasn't just one highlight. There were a lot of highlights. Just getting a chance and watch the guy at my spot. I know I can beat him out. It's the perfect scenario for me. In all the trips I've made I haven't seen one linebacker I can't beat out. I'm at a different level."
James mentioned the Duck coaching staff and how impressed he was with how things were run on game day. "Coach (Mike) Bellotti is a good coach," he said. "He's cool. I got a chance to see what it was like in the meeting rooms and all that. It was tight."
Did Griffin give Bellotti and verbal commitment during his visit? "At one point I did, but then I knew I had to go home and talk to my Dad about it," he said. "My Dad saw what was going on and said, 'Go for it,' but I haven't yet." Why not? "It's just hard right now. I still see myself in other uniforms sometimes. Sometimes I see myself at V-Tech and other times I see myself at Washington, so it's hard. VT is a young team and so is Washington. You go and see the #6 team in the country (Oregon) and then the #3 team in the country (Virginia Tech) and then you've also got Washington too. I really can't go wrong anywhere."
The Hokies are serious about Griffin. "I just got done talking to Coach (Frank) Beamer about 30 minutes ago," James said. "They are a young team and yet they still expect to win this year but it's #1 next year. There's just a whole lot of confusion for me right now."
According to Griffin, there's only one thing he needs to come to a decision - time. "Just me thinkin' a lot. (laughs) I've got other schools, like Florida State and Oklahoma and other schools that aren't giving up, but I'm thinking about just deciding between the three (Virginia Tech, Washington and Oregon). I guess I just want to see who is going to show me the most interest, see something different that I haven't seen before. I'm graduating in December, so I'm going into spring wanting to battle one guy for a spot and each school I like is like that."
He's got a couple of months to search for that clue that gives him the key to his final decision. "I'm going to decide in December unless it comes to me in a dream and I know that it's where I want to go to school," Griffin said.