Griffin Has Two at the Top

One of the big name recruits at Stanford's Junior Day this past weekend was West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep quarterback Ryan Griffin. He returns home with heightened interest in the Cardinal and a newly named top two favorites. For his thoughts on the visit and his latest in recruiting, read on.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep quarterback Ryan Griffin (6-4, 205) is still waiting for that first offer but knows that as is often the case with quarterbacks, coaches are just doing their due diligence.

"Everyone seems interested and I think the offers will be coming in May," Griffin opines.  "But I know they usually take longer looking at quarterbacks."

Griffin says the schools he's been hearing from the most are UCLA, Stanford, Michigan State, Arizona and San Diego State.

"I was just at Stanford's Junior Day over the weekend," he says.  "It was great.  I have family up there, and I was able to visit my cousin while we were there.  The school has a beautiful stadium, and the alumni support is great."

Griffin was able to chat with a former quarterback, Stanford's head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I talked with him a little bit and really liked him," the recruit relates.  "We had a player from Chaminade at San Diego, where he used to coach, so we talked a little bit about how he was doing."

It was the second Pac-10 Junior Day for Griffin, having also attended UCLA's earlier this year, and he's hoping to also attend some of UCLA's Spring Practice.

The Bruins and the Cardinal are the two teams that Griffin says are standing out to him.

"I'd say those are the top two schools right now," he declares.  "I'm hoping to get an offer from them, but you never really know what their plans are."

But whoever makes the first move doesn't necessarily give them the leg up.

"Well, I need to get my first offer, but I definitely want to take my time and make the right decision," Griffin shares.  "I'd like to have a couple of offers to choose from, and if I do, I don't see a problem committing early.  But for right now, I'm going to take my time."

Griffin participated in the Air 7 Quarterback Camp last month, a group that included several standouts from Southern California, including Dayne Crist, Nick Crissman, Dominique Blackman and Matt Barkley.

"It was really good for me," Griffin says.  "You put in a lot of long hours and get great results, and it always helps your confidence."

Next up for Griffin is the Scout.com Combine at the end of the month in Carson, and then the Elite 11 Quarterback tryout next month in Berkeley.

"I'm not sure what other camps I'll go to," he adds.  "A lot depends on where I am recruiting-wise."

Working out of the shotgun in the spread, Griffin threw for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdown passes in 2006.

Academically, the Chaminade junior is in solid shape, with a 3.7 core GPA.  He just completed a semester of straight A's.


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