Comfort Growing for Rutgers Commit Griffin

Tenafly (N.J.) three-star tight end Nakia Griffin was back on the Rutgers campus yet again after making a verbal commitment last month. Griffin was one of the biggest faces on campus for the final underclassman visitor weekend of the spring.

Nakia Griffin felt his comfort level increase Saturday during an unofficial visit to Rutgers. It was the third visit of the spring for the Tenafly (N.J.) three-star tight end commit, but the pleasant surprises kept coming.

An early surprise in the day came when Griffin entered the Rutgers practice bubble. With head coach Kyle Flood opening the practice to fans, Griffin was surprised to be a known face among the Rutgers faithful.

"I'm happy where I'm at," Griffin said. "It's great that when I go there, everyone treats me with love. People that I don't even know come up to me. There were so many alumni at the open practice that recognized me and welcomed me. Being a new commit, it was pretty surprising. It was a pleasant surprise though."

Tight ends coach Anthony Campanile, who also recruits North Jersey, impressed Griffin with his on-field style during practice.

"He surprised me," Griffin said. "I didn't think he was going to be that fiery. I thought he was more quiet, but once the air horn rings at the beginning of practice, you know he's going to be screaming in people's faces. That's what I like."

The Scarlet Knights allow committed prospects to watch practices while standing on the field. Unaware of the policy until the end of practice, Griffin plans to be back soon and take advantage of his commitment status.

"Considering I'm committed, coach Flood said I can have field access," Griffin said. "I didn't know that prior. Definitely next time I go to practice in a couple weeks or so, I'll be up and center watching the tight ends. From what I saw, they looked good with a lot of blocking and route running."

Griffin's third visit has him ready for a fourth later this spring.

"I feel like I belong there, just sit back and joke around with everyone," he said. "I went down there [Saturday] without my parents so I can get the feel of being an individual there – just me and the campus. I just felt really comfortable. I can talk to anybody. It's a great atmosphere to be around.

"I got a lot of individual time with the coaches and had a really good conversation getting to know each other more than we already do. We were just building on that relationship we already have."

Griffin also made sure to check in with Elmwood Park (N.J.) quarterback commit Michael Dare, who was the first to commit in the class of 2015.

"I spoke to Mike Dare," he said. "Most of the time I talked to him. I met his mom and dad. They have a great family. That's definitely a kid I'm excited to have as my teammate."

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