Griffin Gives Rutgers Visit Good Grade

Eleven months after a verbal commitment, Tenafly (N.J.) three-star tight end Nakia Griffin took his first and only official visit to Rutgers. Griffin spoke with Scout about his weekend, including his recruitment of other prospects and bonding experiences with the program.

Known for his use of social media to spread the word about Rutgers, Tenafly (N.J.) three-star tight end Nakia Griffin enjoyed the chance to do things face to face on his official visit.

Griffin was the second New Jersey commitment in the Rutgers 2015 class back, doing so 11 months ago, and speaks passionately about his future school.

“There’s more excitement and a realization of what I’m going to have when I come down here and the people I’ll be with,” Griffin said. “I spent real time with my teammates away from the coaches, away from parents, just us. That was the most exciting thing for me, just to see how I bonded with all of them and how we’re close already.”

Griffin became close with some members of his recruiting class, including Michael Dare, Rashad Blunt and Deonte Roberts, but it was a first-time introduction to others during his official visit.

“I met a lot of commits that I hadn’t really spoken to that much,” Griffin said. “I met Jonah Jackson and Jarius Adams and some other commits that I wasn’t as close with as maybe some others. It was great to finally have us all together.”

Before Griffin had any interest on the college radar, he reached out to safety Saquan Hampton for help.

Hampton, committed to Rutgers at the time, is now a red-shirt freshman with the Scarlet Knights. He played host over the weekend.

“This weekend, it was really good to hang out,” Griffin said. “It was good to spend time with him, and his roommate Isaiah [Wharton] and Robert Martin. I think I’m going to be good friends with them when I get down there.”

Without getting too aggressive, Griffin worked on the uncommitted visitors, specifically Paramus (N.J.) Catholic three-star safety Najee Clayton.

Clayton officially visited Syracuse before Rutgers, and had a “stay home” conversation with Griffin.

“When you get close to Signing Day, you start to realize that this is the school I’m going to,” Griffin said. “I’m not going to wake up every day and realize that I’m a 10-hour flight from home. Rutgers is 45 minutes away. If I want to go get a haircut with my cousin and I have off half the day, I can go do that. I can go home and get a home-cooked meal one day. This just doesn’t feel like home. This is actually home.”


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