Semper Fi: Cameron Griffin

The Bruin commit from Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park, linebacker Cameron Griffin, has had a memorable fall and is excited for UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park outside linebacker Cameron Griffin has set the bar for future players from View Park.

The first player from View Park to ever commit to play Division I football, Griffin is also the first ever player to be selected to an All-American Game.

The three-star UCLA commit helped lead View Park to the CIF-City Section D-III title this past month and a spot in the SoCal D-III regional and was invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Griffin is thrilled with the honor.

"It means a lot to represent the team and to set the tempo for View Park players coming up," said Griffin. "Hopefully they'll have the opportunity to do great things."

Griffin also carries the distinction of being the first player from View Park to go on to play at the next level.

"I'm the first View Park player to ever go to a D-I school and that's an honor to me," said Griffin. "It took a lot of hard work and dedication and I had to keep my grades up. We always had athletes, but their grades were never up to par, but I was the first to do that."

A commit to San Diego State early on, when UCLA offered in the fall, Griffin couldn't pass on the Bruins.

"It's my hometown and UCLA has been my dream school forever," said Griffin. "Growing up, I wanted to attend UCLA. Not even for football, but more to stay home and be the local boy. But when they offered for football, it was too good to pass up."

Griffin said his family was surprised when the Bruin offer came.

"My family was really happy for me," said Griffin. "They didn't think I was that good at football. I think that was a wakeup call for them."

Griffin watched the tail end of the Sun Bowl on Tuesday and said he wasn't surprised with how the linebackers performed.

"Seeing the linebackers, Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich really sold me on the program," said Griffin. "He has great linebackers there and I can see where I fit in the defense. All the linebackers really play the same position but spread out among the linebackers. I'm pretty versatile and am pretty good off the edge and setting it. And I'm super excited to play with Myles Jack."

Griffin said head coach Jim Mora also played a role in his decision.

"Coach Mora was a great factor in my decision because he seems sincere to me," said Mora. "Not only in my football talent but in my education. Some schools were football, football, football but he opened with academics and that sold me."

Griffin said he would be taking his official visit to UCLA on January 17th.

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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