Griffin Shifting Focus

The Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle, Marcus Griffin, can now focus on recruiting with his season done...

Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin (6-2, 296), had two experiences on Friday night.

One was a typical experience, winning a state championship, his third in three years with the Wolverines.

The other was still somewhat new: playing into the fourth quarter.

"First game of my junior year against Euless Trinity," said Griffin. "That was the last time I played in the fourth quarter (a game Bellevue would win in overtime, and their closest game in three years)."

Griffin and the Wolverines defense put on a dominant performance against Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic for the second straight year, Griffin recording three tackles for loss and a sack.

"It was nice playing all 48 minutes," said Griffin. "It was our last game and we wanted to go out with a bang. We said let's do this and go create memories. This is the best win of them all."

Now, with his senior season done, and only the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl coming between him and his college career, Griffin will turn his attention fully to recruiting.

Leading up to the state finals, Griffin has Washington State head coach Mike Leach, defensive coordinator Mike Breske and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a in for an in home visit. California was also in home with defensive coordinator Andy Buh and defensive line coach Andy Buh.

This week, Sacks and Buh were back in his house as were Breske, Salave'a and linebackers coach Eric Russell.

Mississippi State is also expected in soon, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins set to visit Griffin.

This weekend, he'll take his first official visit.

"I'm going to Washington State this weekend for my official visit with Devante Downs (a Cal commit from Mountlake Terrace)," said Griffin. "I'm going to Cal on January 17th."

Griffin is also keeping an eye on Washington, which now has Chris Petersen in charge of the program, the new head coach coming over last weekend.

"We'll see what happens with Washington now," said Griffin. "It depends on where they want me to play. I don't know much about Chris Petersen. We'll see if I take a visit or they have an in-home."

Griffin is also hoping to take official visits to Arizona State and UCLA, neither school having offered but both talking with him.

"I'm leaving the other weekends in January open for whatever happens with Arizona State and UCLA," said Griffin.

On Friday, Griffin will be honored at his school with his Semper Fi Jersey Presentation, which he'll play in next month in Los Angeles.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOX Sports, 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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