Post Signing Day Q&A with WR Sterling Griffin

Read this exclusive interview with USF class of '09 WR Sterling Griffin. Find all about the All-County Miami Pace receiver, why he chose USF, what he want to accomplish, and much more. Stay informed with

Sterling Griffin Profile  How have things been going now that all the signing day hype is past?
Sterling Griffin: Things have been crazy. Everybody's been calling my phone and congratulating me. It's been exciting and it feels good.

USFN: Why did you choose USF?
Griffin: I chose USF because I think it was a great fit for me. Also my family was real comfortable with the coaches and the coaching staff. I felt comfortable around the players and the coaches also. I think I have a better chance for me to get to the next level at USF once I better my skills.

USFN: What are some of the things that you like about USF?
Griffin: Everything, I've liked them since they first offered.
I felt like I fit in with the players and staff right away. The campus, the facilities, and the stadium are all great.  I also have a chance to play early. It's all up to me, how much weight I can put on and how well I do when I come in there.

USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Griffin: Yeah, I followed them quite a bit. They had a rough season. They started out pretty good, but had a lot of injuries and stuff. They were only a couple of plays away from winning the big game, and only a few plays away from winning the Big East. With the recruiting class that is coming in now, I think we have a great chance of getting that.

USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Griffin: They have been recruiting me forever. They were the first team to offer me last spring, and that meant a lot. Coach Scott, Canales, and Leavitt were all involved.

USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
Griffin: All the coaches were great. Coach Scott is my recruiting coach and has been there since day one, but also Coach Leavitt and Coach Canales. Coach Leavitt is a real cool down to earth coach. He calls me, checks up on me, and gives me a joke now and then. Coach Canales is going to be my position coach so we talk all the time. I got a great relationship with Coach Scott and we talk almost every other day.

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Griffin: I know Dontavia Bogan, number 81, and Carlton Mitchell. Those are the two I really know. I met some others, but don't really know them yet.

USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Griffin: They're recruiting me at receiver. They're trying to get me at either the X or Y receiver. They feel I can stretch the field and am a big target, and fit that position real good. I also played quarterback, safety, and punter. I played safety my whole junior year and a majority of my senior season.

USFN: Do you feel playing the other positions helps you at WR?
Griffin: Yeah I feel like it helps me know what coverage the defense is in, and quarterback helped me see the safeties and what they are in and going to do.

USFN: What type of an offense do you like to run the most?
Griffin: I like running the spread offense, it generates offense and I like the way all the receivers touch the ball. That's another reason that helped me with my decision.

USFN: Do have a favorite play that you like to run?

Griffin: There's not really a certain play, but a route. My favorite routes are the comeback and the corner route. I like the comeback because I have the ability to change the route. The d-back is backpedaling, thinking I'm going up field, then I give him a head up like I'm looking for the ball and then breakdown, comeback and the ball is right there. I like the corner route because you can always sell the post, and once he turns his hips I break it out to the corner.  

USFN: Do you have a favorite move? 
Griffin: Not really a favorite move, but I incorporate it all in my game. Whatever I have to do to make the defender miss, I'm going to do.  

USFN: Is there a play that catches people off guard?
Griffin: I'd probably say the corner route. Sometimes you can make them look silly.

USFN: Do you play special teams? 
Griffin: I played a little punt returner, field goal holder and punter. I think I averaged over 40 a punt  

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Griffin: As a player, I run good routes and have good hands, my capability of me blocking, and also as a diversion, because I run hard every single play, so people tell me they can't tell when I'm going to get the ball, I'm always looking when I run my routes.

USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
Griffin: Yeah I want to get a little bigger, and a little stronger.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Griffin: On the football field I just like to make guys around me play better. If it means me making a play first, or helping them make a play, whatever I have to do to get the team involved. I want everybody to be an impact on the team.

USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
Griffin: The perfect play? Hmm, there is no perfect play, just give me the ball!

USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the field?
Griffin: You're making me think now. Probably when we played Belle Glades this year and after falling short to them last year, smashed them this season and went to the semi finals. We were underdogs and the win after the game felt really special.

USFN: Is there a certain play that sticks out to you?
Griffin: Against Cardinal Gibbons Coach Carter called a slant and go for me and I got the defender on the slant and the safety jumped up and I split both of them, caught the pass and took it for the touchdown.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
I admire Anquan Boldin and Braylon Edwards. Boldin is a ivery physical receiver and is always looking to make the big play and not afraid to go over the middle. Edwards had a bad seaon but he is a very smooth player.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Griffin: Right now I'm 6'1-178, and run a 4.51.

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Griffin: No not really, just track. I'm competing in the 4x1, 400, 4x400, were ranked no one in the 4x 1, I'm' no one in my class for the 400, and we're projected to do real well as a team, and will probably win state. 

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Griffin: I'm just running track and training hard. I just got the USF conditioning book the other day, and it's pretty thick. I just started using it.

USFN: How do you feel if USF asks you to redshirt? 
Griffin: Redshirt? I'm not trying to redshirt, I'm going to go in there and try to get a spot. I want to be a starting receiver and the go to guy. There's no redshirting in my head.

USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Griffin: First off I want to get my degree and graduating. Second, I want to excel and get better with my skills as a player, and as a man, and get to the next level.

USFN: How do you feel to be part of USF's first top 25 signing class?
Griffin: It's crazy and it's a great feeling. I want to show the next group why we're that. We just got to get that Big East title first, and then go from there.

USFN: What teams are you most looking forward to playing against?
Griffin: Next season I'm looking forward to playing UM, Florida State, and West Virginia.

USFN: When did you know that you teammate Kayvon Webster was going to be a Bull?
Griffin: I knew when we up there on the stage. Right before we signed he told me, but I didn't believe him at first because Kayvon plays so much, and had to wait until he put that hat on and made it official. I feel great about that because he's also my cousin.

USFN: Do the three of you talk about the future at USF?
Griffin: Yeah we talk about it a lot. We talk about coming in there, working hard and making an impact.

USFN: Are you guys spreading the Bulls gospel around the school?
Griffin: We're spreading it around the whole city.  

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Griffin: Oh man. I'm real excited that I'll be at USF, and I can't wait. I'll be up there this spring for spring practice and I'm looking forward to that.

USFN: Is there anything you want to say to USF fans?
Griffin: I just want to say that I'm coming in to shock the world, and am going to do big things.


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