NC Kicker Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, N.C.) kicker Paul Griggs picked up a verbal scholarship offer last week from Rutgers. With kicker being a top position of need, spoke with Griggs to find out the strength of his interest in Rutgers, his skill-set, a decision date and if he will visit campus.

When Rutgers verbally offered Paul Griggs a scholarship, he did not know much about the school or the Garden State. But after plenty of talks with the coaching staff, some research of his own and a planned trip later this month, Griggs is becoming comfortable with what Rutgers has to offer.

Griggs said he is in constant contact with assistant coach Robb Smith and spoke with head coach Greg Schiano for the first time a few days ago.

The 6-foot-1 place-kicker will camp during the Rutgers specialist camp June 24.

"I just know some basic stuff that I was able to look up on the Internet and what a few people told me," Griggs said. "It's a solid academic school. It's close to New York. The football team's pretty good. I'm looking forward to my visit in June because that's where I will learn the most."

A decision, Griggs said, could come within a few weeks of his visit to Rutgers.

"I'm looking to commit before Aug. 1 when football stuff starts," he said. "The way things have been going, it may be a little earlier, maybe mid-July-ish."

Along with Rutgers, Griggs reports an offer from Purdue and an Ivy League offer from Yale. Duke, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Vanderbilt are also interested, he said.

Since receiving an offer, Griggs said he is trying to learn as much as possible about the school from Smith and Schiano.

"Coach Schiano and I recently chatted and I got a lot from that," he said. "We just talked about what Rutgers is like and what exactly they're looking for. He has a plan and a system in place and he wanted to tell me about it.

"I got the sense he is a strong coaching personality. We were talking to build a relationship because having a relationship with a coaching staff is crucial when you're in school."

Schiano's message of what it means to be a "Rutgers man" stuck out to Griggs, he said.

"He wants guys who will represent the school in the right light and do things how they should be done," Griggs said. "A lot of guys at school will play on Saturday and then their names will be in the papers Sunday because they were arrested for a fight or stealing something. He told me that you never, ever see that at Rutgers."

Rutgers' current kicker, San San Te, comes from Hickory, N.C., an hour north of Griggs' home in Charlotte. Te will be a senior this year, making place-kicker a major need for the football program.

Rutgers also offered Ross Martin at kicker within the last two weeks. It is likely that whichever kicker commits to Rutgers is a starter from the first day.

"I want to hit the ground running wherever I go," Griggs said. "If there's an opportunity to play right away, because a lot of schools only carry one kicker on scholarship, that's a pretty big thing for me."

Griggs said he is "pretty confident" kicking any ball within 50 yards, but has hit from 60 or 65 yards on multiple occasions.

"My best attribute is my accuracy, but I can also get crazy elevation on the ball," Griggs said. "It gets up fast, which helps a lot in the blocking aspect."

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