Kolby Griffin Discusses Junior Day Visit

Kolby Griffin's interest in Texas A&M has grown over the past few months. He attended 3 games this year and Saturday he attended A&M's first junior day of the year. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Griffin about his first junior day experience. Subscribe to the tailgate today!

Kolby Griffin's interest in Texas A&M has grown over the past few months. He attended 3 games this year and Saturday he attended A&M's first junior day of the year.

"I was very impressed with the junior day. I got to meet with my area recruiter Van Malone and my positions coach Charles McMillian. We got to sit through meeting with them—that went really well. I especially liked the tempo of the meetings. I got to speak with the Associate Athletic Director Tim Cassidy a lot. We were just talking about what kind of players A&M selects, what it means to be an Aggie, and the academics the school provides. He is a really good guy."

Van Malone already has his sights on landing the St. Pius defensive back and Malone has some words of wisdom for Griffin on Saturday.

"Coach Malone told me to keep working hard, prove to be the best everyday against whoever you are playing against or practicing against. I gave him some film on me because they didn't have any. They said they were going to evaluate me after the bowl game and let me know what they thought pretty soon. He also said they were looking to take at least 3 corners in next year's class."

Griffin along with the other DB's in attendance had the unique opportunity to sit in on the A&M film meetings preparing for their bowl game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Kolby paid close attention to the tutoring that took place inside the meeting and was impressed with the coaching style of Coach McMillian.

"I think Coach McMillian is a very good coach. He teaches with a lot of passion. He doesn't yell at you for what you do wrong, he teaches. He might raise his voice but that is because he wants you to listen to what he is saying. He teaches every single play. When they watch film they might watch the same play 4 or 5 times until you can correctly point out your mistakes. He will teach you the technique that you should have done and that you will do for future reference."

Griffin has already started to bond with one current A&M player that has a lot of the same attributes as him.

"Dustin Harris and I have talked every time I've come up there. We have a pretty good relationship. He is a guy I can look up to."

With the Independence Bowl approaching, the Aggies are practicing at a very high level of intensity. Griffin and the rest of the juniors watched the Ags practice after they got out of the film room. After practice, Kolby and others spoke to freshman running back Christine Michael about his feelings on A&M.

"I like the way they practice. It was like teach and compete, teach and compete, teach and compete. Really structured but also there was enough intensity to allow the players to have fun. That means a lot. The fact that all of those guys want to come to practice every single day was encouraging. I was standing around afterward talking to Christine Michael about how much he likes A&M and how he can't wait to get to practice every day."

Kolby has a close relationship with Cypress Ridge DB, Nick Shepard.

"Me and Nick hung out pretty much the entire day. His older brother Russell used to mentor me before he went off to LSU."

The 6 foot, 180 pound corner has been hearing a lot from schools like A&M, Baylor, Georgia, LSU, Minnesota, Michigan, North Western, OU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech. Griffin prefers to stay in state but will keep his options open to attending a school outside of Texas.

"I love being up there in College Station and they are definitely in my top 2 schools right now. The tradition, the games I have been to have been amazing, and the fan loyalty the Aggies have for their team is what really makes them stand out."

"Baylor is still my only offer on the table at the moment but I am expecting to receive a lot more around February. I'm a Texas kid and I have lived in Texas my whole life but I am not sure yet what I want to do. I would like for my parents to come see me play every week, but if there is a better situation for me outside the state at like a Stanford, LSU, or Oklahoma then I won't be afraid to leave."

Kolby has a great mindset and work ethic to become an elite corner in the state of Texas. He is trying to get as much exposure as possible early on in the recruiting process by attending as many camps and combines as he can.

"I'm consistently running a 4.42 and my fastest was a 4.39 but I only ran that once. I don't have any other visits or junior days setup as of right now, but I am working out hard to get prepared for the Under Armour All-American Combine in Orlando. I will also be performing in the Army All-American combine in January. I need to keep working on my man-to-man coverage, my ball skills, speed, and change of direction. Basically everything you need to become a great corner. You can't ever stop working. That is one thing I have learned, there is always someone else working so if you are not working you are not getting better. "

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