Underrated Griffin Looking To Make Splash

Hailing from the same high school that produced USC superstar safety, Taylor Mays, Seattle (WA) O'Dea's Marcus Griffin is poised to have that same kind of impact at the collegiate level. Despite being a bit undersized at linebacker (6'0'' 205 lbs), Griffin is fast and tenacious and appears to be on the cusp of having a special senior campaign.

Do you currently hold an offer from Oregon?

"No, I don't actually."

Have you had any contact with Oregon?

"They've been sending me letters and then I went to the Nike camp and they asked for my highlight tape and I sent them my tape and they sent me a letter back saying that they're going to evaluate it with the staff and let me know what's going on."

Which coaches from Oregon have you been in contact with?

"I think was the defensive coordinator [Nick Allotti], but they been sending me these letters every week or every other week. Basically it's been the mass mailing kind of deal, but they asked for my tapes. I'm not positive, I can't find this letter, so I'm not sure which coach it was."

How often have you been in contact with Oregon throughout the recruiting process?

"I was in contact with Oregon when I went to the recruiting visit and I got to meet the head coach after he left and everything and I got to go in to the locker room and stuff and then talk to a few of the recruiting coaches and they talked to a bunch of the kids that visited. And we got to watch them play Arizona."

So you visited last season?

"Yeah, I really started contact with them about middle of my junior year season and I visited after my junior year season."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"I'd be very interested in Oregon. If they were to show a lot of interest and even offer, I'd seriously consider it. I told my parents all the time that I like Oregon a lot."

Is there anything in particular about the program that has you interested?

"I like the whole offense and stuff. I really like the whole setting and Autzen Stadium -- the whole crowd -- and the whole environment deal, so I'd be interested in Oregon. I like their whole team."

Is Oregon recruiting you at linebacker or another position?

"I'm pretty sure they're recruiting me as a inside or outside linebacker."

Do you have a preference as far as what you'd like to play at the next level?

"I think I'd be good at either inside or outside linebacker."

How would you describe yourself as a linebacker?

"I'd say I'm pretty fast for inside/outside linebacker. I'd like to get my strength up. I'm feeling pretty strong right now, but I'd like to get my strength up. I want to play more downhill. I think I was way better last year when playing downhill, so I want to continue playing downhill. I'd describe myself as big. I'm like 6'0'' 205 lbs."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"I don't really know someone who I could compare myself to. I'm my own player."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm looking for, basically, team camaraderie. I want to go to a place where I can find good teammates. I want to be able to have good relationships with the coaches and everything and just an overall good college setting and just a place where I can feel at home at. At this point, in-state/out-of-state doesn't matter, it's just [about] the college."

Do you have any offers at this point?

"No, I don't have any offers, but I have a lot of schools who are looking."

What other schools are looking at you?

"Washington, Boston College, Eastern Washington, Boise State a little bit, Michigan, Penn, and then some other smaller schools."

Do you have any particular favorites at this point?

"At this point it's pretty wide open. I do like Oregon a lot, I like U-Dub, but I like Oregon...and Notre Dame was in there too, they're kind of looking at me too."

Have you taken any unofficial visits yet? Have you thought about where you might want to schedule official visits when offers come in?

"Oregon was my first unofficial when I went on the recruiting visit and that's basically my first unofficial visit. I haven't visited U-Dub or anything like that yet. I was going to go visit Notre Dame on an unofficial visit, but I didn't up doing that."

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