The great majority of high school athletes all have at the very least one thing in common- they just want to play at the next level. That sentiment rings true for Richardson Pearce athlete J.R. Griffin.
Griffin, who is currently offer-less, says the two schools that have shown him the most ‘love' are Rice and SMU.
Griffin visited SMU at its spring game event and said he enjoyed the atmosphere and appreciated the opportunity to converse with the coaching staff, who he says is recruiting him as a slot wide receiver even though he has also played running back.
"I can see myself playing on either side of the ball," Griffin said. "I'm a football player and wherever I am on the field I'm happy with it. I don't care if it's on offense or defense, as long as I'm out there."
The 5-foot-10 195-pounder chatted with his recruiting coordinator, quarterback coach Dan Morrison while on the Hilltop, who told him he would be coming out to Richardson Pearce to watch him in May.
Griffin says the qualities that separate him from the pack are his good vision, high football I.Q., the intensity that he plays with on every snap and his possession of power and strength without giving up any quickness (4.10 shuttle time at Nike Training Camp).
Bill Griffin, J.R's father, says his son's production in the weight room certainly supports those claims. Bill says although there are several more months left in the recruiting process, the fact that J.R. hasn't received any offers yet is disheartening, however, he knows it will only add a chip on his son's shoulder.
"He's the strongest guy on the football team. We're talking about a 365-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat running a 4.5," Bill Griffin said. "Typically you want your offensive linemen to be the strongest on the team but unfortunately that's not the case.
"Plenty of people have told him he'll make it. He'll play at a D-1 school. The school's that have told him they don't have enough room for him- he'll make them pay. He's a hidden gem."
Griffin, who plans to be very active this offseason with making appearances at summer camps, might find having a D-1 home in the heart of Dallas, TX, very appealing. However, SMU must first extend the offer.
"SMU is close to heart for me because I have a family member who graduated from there, and I've been growing up near the school all my life," Griffin said.
"I definitely could see myself playing for SMU because of the offense they run. They run an offense that utilizes their slot receivers and I think I could thrive in that role."
Last season, Griffin rushed for 419 yards, caught 29 passes for 375 yards and scored eight total touchdowns.
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