Griffin Matches Up with Apo

The St. Pius X Panthers took home the private school state 7-on-7 title last weekend. One of the playmakers for the Panthers was 2011 corner Kolby Griffin, who matched up with BYU commit Ross Apo. On Monday, Griffin talked to Burnt Orange Beat about the win and big time match-up.

Kolby Griffin was TAPPS first team all-state as a sophomore. In the spring, he and several other talented teammates attracted college coaches from around the country to the St. Pius X campus in Houston.

After an impressive spring, Griffin took his impressive skill set and confidence to Austin for the Texas Longhorns mini-camp June 7. Griffin continued his impressive year turning heads at the Texas camp.

Last weekend Griffin's run of stellar play continued helping St. Pius X to their first 7-on-7 state title in the Texas Private School Coaches Association third annual 7-on-7 championships.

"We won the title," Griffin said. "The tournament was two days and was held at Dallas Greenhill. After pool play on Friday, we played Arlington Oak Ridge, Dallas Bishop Lynch and Trinity Valley before beating Houston Episcopal in the finals. It was our first time winning it in the three years they have had the tournament. It was great."

While winning the title was the number one goal, a match-up with Oak Ridge receiver and BYU commit Ross Apo was the highlight for the 5-11, 178-pound junior cornerback.

"Matching-up with Ross Apo was great. He is the most legit and complete receiver I have ever gone up against. Going up against him has made me understand what I have to do to get better. During the game, we totally abandoned our coverages and I followed him wherever he was on the field. Personally, I think I did well and he did well, but we won the game. My defensive coordinator said if I didn't do my job we would have lost the game," Griffin said.

Along with Apo, another receiver caught Griffin's eye during the tournament from Bishop Lynch.

"There was a kid named Mark Czaus from Bishop Lynch that played slot receiver. He was killing us in the first half. The coaches put me at outside linebacker in the second half to shadow him. I just shadowed him and he didn't make a catch in the second half. He ran good routes. He also played safety too and was good there," Griffin said.

After taking state, Griffin made the trip to College Station to take in the Texas A&M camp on Sunday. While worn out, Griffin said he performed well.

"I just got back from A&M camp on Sunday. I'm going up to Baylor and then UH this month. The A&M camp was good. It was a long day coming off of the 7-on-7 tournament, but I think I did well," Griffin said.

Having now attended camps at Texas and Texas A&M, Griffin has a feel for the camp scene. He said there were differences between the two camps.

"There were a few differences in the camps in the way it was run. It was more of a teaching camp at A&M. UT was more of a competition camp to see who was the best. I liked them both," Griffin said.

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