Bruins Keeping Tabs on Griffin

The Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle, Marcus Griffin, a Washington State commit, said UCLA is watching him more...

Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin (6-2, 296), continues to plug away despite facing double teams weekly. Offensively, Griffin is also making an impact for the Wolverines, and did a great job neutralizing 2015 four-star Thomas Toki last week.

"They just told me I'd be going up against one of the best defensive tackles in the state, and that's what he is, and I found out he had a weakness and I tried to dominate that," said Griffin. "Playing offense, I'm just doing what I have to do. I'm a football player. I'll play either way, and I have to do this for my team."

But Griffin makes no bones about where he wants to play more than any other.

"My heart is on defense," said Griffin. "This year, I'm facing more double teams and sometimes triple teams. Now, if I get a double team, I'm happy because we're making plays because of it. If I can get someone a play, great and if I can make a play, I'll take it even more."

Griffin got a chance to see Washington State, where he's been committed for months, when the Cougars played in Seattle.

"That was cool, we had good seats so we didn't get rained on, but we had fun," said Griffin. "Washington State is still a young team. They may not win every game off the back, but it's looking good for the future. I'm excited about some things I saw. Coach (Mike) Leach is getting the personnel he needs to get that program up and running."

A couple of other Pac-12 schools are still making a push for him.

"Cal is making the biggest push for me, and I hear a lot from Coach (Sonny) Dykes, Coach (Barry) Sacks and Coach (Andy) Buh. They say I'm the defensive tackle they want and they want me to continue in blue and gold for my career. And UCLA seems pretty interested too. Coach (Steve) Broussard is recruiting me and I'm hearing from them a lot more. I talk to Myles Jack (his former Bellevue teammate) all the time. He told me when he went down there he was going to tell them about me."

Griffin said Jack's quick transition to the college game hasn't been lost on him.

"He was excited with how well he's playing and he's bringing Bellevue a lot of attention and he's got a bright future," said Griffin. "I know it's a big transition to the next level and he's showing it's easy to make the transition. Honestly, we work so hard here at Bellevue. Myles said that our practices at Bellevue were even harder than at UCLA and he said UCLA practices are hard. But we can all play at the next level and be ready because of how we prepare here."

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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