After only bringing in one receiver last year, one of the top priorities for the staff is bringing in a solid group of wide receivers for the next class. Monsignor Pace Athlete Sterling Griffin was one of the staffs early targets and recently things have picked up for the 3-star prospect.
Griffin, 6-2 and 177 pounds, finished his junior season with over 35 catches for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns, on offense, and while playing safety on the defensive side of the ball, he totaled 50 tackles, 2 INT's, and a forced fumble. The two-way player earned first team All-County as an athlete, and was an All-state honorable mention as a utility player as well.
"Things been going good," said Griffin. "We're getting ready for our spring game against Palmetto tomorrow. I been waiting for this since we got our equipment"
It's been a busy spring for Sterling, who had a strong showing at the New Level/Scout.com 7 on 7 Tournament in April.
The Bulls were the first to offer the 6-foot-2, 177 pound receiver back in February, but since then much has changed.
"In the last month, I've been offered by Purdue, Virginia, FIU, and FAU, and Syracuse offered me today" said Griffin. "A lot of other schools have shown interest and I expect more offers after our spring game."
This past April, Griffin was the Class 2A state runner-up in the 400 meters and was part of the champion 400-meter relay squad with teammate Kayvon Webster.
"My biggest improvement this spring has been my speed, I been running track and I think that transfers over to football, and has helped."
Even though he plays both ways, Sterling said the USF and other schools coaches are recruiting him at wide receiver.
"Playing both ways helps me on both sides of the ball, but my strongest asset is getting open and catching the ball," said Griffin. "I can read the defense well, and make the big play, over and over."
Right now the talented receiver doesn't have a list of favorites or top five, but knows what he's looking for in a program.
"I'm looking for a strong bond with the coaches and the team. Somewhere I feel comfortable, has good academics, and will help me excel at the next level."
The Bulls were the first to offer the Pace standout, and Griffin says he has a good relationship with Coach Larry Scott.
"I think he's a real good coach, and he is like another uncle to me. We talk on a regular basis about how I'm doing, the school and how it's up and coming, starting a tradition, and stuff like that."
Griffin also says he's somewhat familiar with the Bulls and what type of offense they run.
"Last year when I watched, they passed a lot to different receivers and have a great quarterback in Matt Grothe, and he's coming back. I think they're going to be a top contender this year."
As of now Sterling says he probably won't make a decision until after the season, but already has some summer plans.
"Right now I'm planning on going to the LSU camp, probably Alabama, maybe USC, and I think we're going to the South Florida passing camp."
Inside the classroom, Griffin carries a 3.5 GPA and an 810 SAT score, and is just a few points from being fully qualified.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow Sterling through his recruitment process.
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