Griffin Ready for Rutgers Visit

Wabash Valley forward Chris Griffin put off visits until the end of his season but will be busy now that it is over. Set to visit Rutgers this weekend, the junior college prospect has an early favorite according to his former AAU coach Chris Ayres.

Wabash Valley forward Chris Griffin will visit Rutgers this weekend with the Scarlet Knights as one of his top choices in recruiting. Griffin has been interested in Rutgers since receiving a scholarship offer but recent comments by athletic director Tim Pernetti got back to him and left a positive impression.

Heading into the Big East tournament, Pernetti commented publically that head coach Mike Rice would be back next season. That left a mark on Griffin, says his former AAU coach Chris Ayres.

"He's worried about if a coach is going to be there or not for all of the schools recruiting him," Ayres said. "We haven't really heard anything about Auburn but I did see the AD (Pernetti) say that they're going to bring Rice back one more year at Rutgers. Chris really liked to see that because the coach is big for him."

Griffin is still relatively open, looking at Auburn, Penn State, Miami, St. Bonaventure, San Francisco, Rutgers and Florida Gulf Coast. Griffin's father played at Penn State and he recently visited Gonzaga, but sides cooled after his visit.

Heading into his Rutgers visits, the Scarlet Knights are up top.

"[Griffin] knows that they aren't one of the best schools in the conference the last couple of years but he likes the pieces they have going into next year and thinks that he can help push them to the top of the conference with the style of his game," Ayres said. "I would have to say they'd be the favorite right now."

Griffin has never been to Rutgers, but has strong relationships with Rice and assistant coach Dave Cox.

"It's all about the relationship that he builds with his coach and finding trust at the school," Ayers said. "With his style of play, he wants to be able to just get in there and play his junior year and make an immediate impact.

"He's been talking to Rice and Cox out there and they're doing a great job of recruiting him and building a relationship with him and gaining his trust and that kind of thing."

As a sophomore at Wabash Valley, Griffin averaged 10.5 points per game in the post through a 15-game span. At 6-foot-7, 225 points, Griffin originally played at Tallahassee High (Fla.) and has two years of college eligibility remaining.

He has no timetable for a decision but is not opposed to committing soon.

"It kind of just depends," Ayres said. "Before the season started, he kept telling people he wasn't going to do anything until after the season. So no that's here, it just depends on what feels right in the next couple of weeks and months."

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