With about half of the 2014 class already committed, the SMU coaching staff has started to focus on adding players who can play multiple positions and fill multiple needs, which has lead them to target Richardson Pearce athlete J.R. Griffin.
Griffin recently attended SMU's camp in Ford Stadium and had a chance to talk to a few coaches.
"Overall it went good. It felt like it was a good day for me," he said. "They had me at slot receiver for the day and that went good. I also talked to Coach (Dan) Morrison, and he introduced me to the defensive coordinator (Tom Mason) as well."
Griffin says he has a great relationship with Coach Morrison, who made the short trip out to Richardson Pearce to watch him practice earlier this spring.
"He talked to me about recruiting and where SMU's interest is in me," Griffin said. "We talked when he came to one of my practices and how he wasn't sure where I'd fit in because I played five different positions when he watched me practice."
Last season, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder rushed for 419 yards, caught 29 passes for 375 yards and scored eight total touchdowns. Griffin was impressed with what SMU, a program he has grown up with, has to offer and feels he could contribute due to his versatility.
"SMU is in my backyard. I grew up a pony fan. My mom is a graduate of SMU," he said. "I went to camps as a kid, and I've always enjoyed my time on the Hilltop. It's a great community, and it's a program on the rise."
Although Griffin has close ties to the Mustang program, he has expressed interest in other programs, especially ones with strong academic ties.
"I actually got my first offers from Penn and Cornell," he said. "Other schools that I've been in contact with are Navy, Air Force, Utah, New Mexico, and Wake Forrest."
For now, Griffin is focused on adding his first FBS offer and hopes to achieve it by leading his team to a successful season.
"I'm working on leading the team to have a successful season and make a run in the playoffs," he said. "Individually, I'm working everyday because the state of Texas has a lot of talent, and I'm working with the mindset that there is someone else out there working harder than me."
Morrison Keeping Tabs On Griffin
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