South Florida gets back into the action and picks up their latest commit for the class of '09. Linebacker Chase Griffiths of N. Florida Christian got the offer he wanted, and gave the Bulls his verbal commitment on Tuesday. Read on for the entire story.
It's been awhile since the last commitment, and now the Bulls are back in the action. On Tuesday evening, North Florida Christian inside linebacker, Chase Griffiths (6'3, 220) gave his verbal commitment to play for USF.
"I committed to play for USF during practice yesterday," said Griffiths. "That was the offer I was looking for."
Last season Griffiths racked up 120 tackles, 14 for loss, 4 sacks and 4 forced fumbles, while helping to lead North Florida Christian to the state championship game and was named All-Big Bend Honorable Mention. This spring colleges really took notice and he received several big offers among the 15 others.
"I was considering Rutgers, N.C. State and Auburn for sure," said Griffiths. "But USF was the school that I really wanted to go to."
Griffith had a verbal offer from USF months ago, but when Coach Canales presented him with a written offer, the N. Fla. Christian linebacker didn't hesitate to make his choice.
"I loved everything about it," said Griffiths. "The location, the school, the campus is beautiful, and the coaches and players are great. It's just great all around."
The talented linebacker has twice been to Tampa, for USF's junior day and to a spring practice, which helped in his decision.
"Watching the practice was great. It's very high intensity, the coaches are all fired up, and the whole atmosphere was great to be around. It was something that I wanted to be a part of."
Griffiths stands 6'3-220 pounds, runs a 4.6-40 yard dash, and plays mostly inside linebacker for the Eagles with some at DE, and also says they are trying him out at tight end as well this year. He says the Bulls recruiting him for both inside linebacker and at defensive end, and knows what his strengths are as a player.
"I play the run great, and will blow up the fullback. I have good vision and can see the ball well. I can drop back into coverage, but attacking the football at the line of scrimmage and making a play is my strong suit for sure."
Coach Canales was the lead recruiter for Griffiths, but he also mentioned that he had contact with Coach Leavitt, and Wally Burnham the Bulls linebacker coach and defensive coordinator, who all had a big influence on him.
"All the coaches were really great through the whole process, and while watching them practice, it really made me feel like I could fit in there very well."
With plenty of other interests being generated, and it being early in the recruiting period. How solid is his commitment?
"I'm definitely committed to the Bulls," said Griffiths. "The other schools are good, but I wanted to stay in Florida and there was something about USF that stood out to me. It's a great program ands that's why I picked them."
Griffith has a 3.7 GPA with a 3.4 core, scored a 1240 on the Sat and is already fully qualified. He also said he doesn't really know any players on USF, but there is one Bull he knows about."
"I know all about Ben Moffitt," said Griffiths. "I like how he plays, and he is the kind of player I want to be like."
Griffiths mentioned that he didn't want to worry about schools any longer and was glad to make an early commitment once the offer came.
"They have been telling me that it's been close for awhile, but wanted to see me run this spring, and I've been waiting for it," said Griffith. "I'm very excited about my decision, and it's a great feeling and I'm glad to have it over with."
The North Florida Christian linebacker says his only plans now are on camping at USF this upcoming June.
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