North Florida Christian linebacker Dallas Griffiths has had a busy offseason working out, going to camps, and now the 6-foot-2, 225 pound linebacker prospect is gearing up for his senior season.
"My summer was good, but it's been a long one, I've been going to camps, working out a lot, and getting ready for the season to get here."
Playing middle linebacker for NFC in 2010, Griffiths recorded 139 Tackles with 95 being solo, 35 tackles for a loss, 6 Forced Fumbles, 3 Fumbles Recovered, 1 Blocked Punt, and 1 KO Recovered, and was named Class 1A First team All-State.
"My best attributes are I'm very strong, explosive, and I stay low to the point of contact. I also try my best to have explosive hits, I'm good in space and I can cover ground pretty quick," said Griffiths. "This offseason I've been working on my explosiveness and my speed."
Programs have taken notice of the 6-foot-2, 225 pound linebacker prospect as he's gotten offers from Maryland, South Florida, Georgia Tech, Liberty, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, and a bunch of D-II schools, but is focusing on three that stand out.
"Right now I really like USF, Maryland and Liberty," said Griffiths. "They're not in any specific order, but they're the schools I like the most."
"I'm going to take three official visits to Maryland, USF, and Liberty," said Griffiths. I know I'm going to take those three, but I'm not sure on the dates yet."
The North Florida Christian standout talks about his three favorites:
Liberty: I went up there and the campus was beautiful and the coaches are nice. They got a good program and have won the conference the last five years in a row and I like what they're doing there."
Maryland: They have a good new coach with Edsel coming in and he's a defensive minded coach that also works with the linebackers, so that's good for me. I haven't visited but I hear the campus and facilities are beautiful."
USF: I know USF very well because my brother used to go there. I know all of the coaching staff, especially the defensive coaches. The campus is real nice and I already know my way around. They got great facilities with brand new practice fields. I basically know everybody already so it wouldn't be awkward for me at all if I went down there. The coaches show me a lot of love and I'm showing them the love back."
With his brother Chase Griffiths being a former USF linebacker/fullback Dallas know the Bulls program quite well and likes the way they play defense.
"The Bulls defense is very fast, aggressive and I think I'd fit in very well in their scheme,' said Griffiths. ‘As a program, they're on the rise and will be contending for the BIG EAST title."
"Coach Mark Snyder is a very good defensive coordinator and I really like what he's done with the defense," said Griffiths. "He tells me he really likes me at MIKE, and wants me to come in there and not redshirt, but to come in and sit behind their middle linebacker Mike Lanaris and watch him for a year, then start for three years."
When it comes down to making his decision Griffiths said that distance or what conference isn't an issue and talks about what he's considering.
"There are different factors I'm looking at for all three," said Griffiths. "If I went to Liberty, the coaches said I'd start for four years, if I went to Maryland or USF I'd be second string first and then be a 3-year starter. A lot depends on if I want to go D-I or to a D-II school. I would love to play with my brother and not many people could say that. With Maryland and USF, they're both great programs and are rising up. Distance, conferences really isn't a factor, I just want to play football."
With signing day still more than 6 months away; are there any another programs that could come into the picture if they offered?
"I really don't think so," said Griffiths. "If they didn't really want me to this point, then I don't think they really have a spot for me right now. These are the schools that have shown me love early, and l respect that. If a school comes in now with an offer, then it shows they didn't want me as bad. I'm showing the love back to those on me early."
In the classroom Griffiths carries a 3.5-3.6 GPA and scored a 1440 on the SAT and is fully qualified.
"Academics are probably the most important thing to me right now," said Griffiths. "I see myself being a businessman in the future. I'd love to play football after college if the opportunity arises, but getting my degree is the most important thing."
The standout linebacker said he plans on going to games for all three of his top choices, and as to when he'll be making his decision Griffiths said he plans on making an early one.
"I don't have a specific timetable as to when, but it'll probably be soon. It'll most likely be after I take my three officials, that way I can really compare all three," said Griffiths. "The whole recruiting process has been fun, but I'm glad it's in the final stretch, and I'm looking forward to getting it over with and focusing on my senior season."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Dallas Griffiths visit schedule and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.