Griffin Talks About UCLA Commitment

Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park linebacker Cameron Griffin gave an early commitment to San Diego State but when UCLA offered the athlete a few weeks ago, it seemed like only a matter of time before he switched his commitment....

Cameron Griffin committed to San Diego State back in the summer without much fanfare. He plays in a small division that isn't known for producing a lot of Div I level talent. Once his senior film began to circulate, other schools started to take notice including UCLA.

"I took a visit to UCLA and the coaches seemed pretty interested," Griffin said. "They told me they liked my size and speed and liked my film as well. They wanted to offer but said they had to see me in person at a game first.

"They came out to see me on Halloween night and the next day, I went to their game against Colorado and that's when they offered. My whole family came with me and they were all excited too. UCLA was kind of a dream offer for me and I was a little speechless when they offered to be honest. I didn't want to make an emotional decision, I wanted to talk about it with my family first but there was no way I was going anywhere else other than to UCLA."

Griffin actually made the decision to commit to UCLA Thursday night but didn't want to go public until he could talk with the SDSU coaches.

"I called up Coach Yarber and then talked to Coach Ulbrich, the LB coach and Coach Mora," Griffin said. "It's an awesome feeling to be a Bruin right now, I never saw it coming a few months ago. I have a 3.7 GPA so I love their combination of academics and athletics and the location is just another added bonus.

"I really liked the coaches at SDSU. Tony White was my main recruiter and it was tough to tell them I was going somewhere else. I wanted to do that first, I felt like I owed that to them. UCLA was just too good of an option for me to pass up. It's a great school and has everything I was looking for and I think I can really develop as a football player playing for coach Ulbrich."

Griffin is definitely an intriguing kid with a lot of upside. He's all of 6-3, 215 pounds and can run. He's still a little raw as a player and the bump up in competition when he gets to college will be significant but the physical tools he has are obvious.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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