Another Louisiana Tailback

The running back from Louisiana, William Griffin, has six scholarship offers -- including one from LSU. But there are two other SEC schools that top the list of the 5-11, 210-pounder, along with one lone west coast school...

With nearly a half dozen scholarship offers, Patterson (LA.) High running back William Griffin (5-11, 210) is beginning to get the attention he thought he would early on in the recruiting process.

His offers so far have come from Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi, Tulane, Mississippi State and Kentucky, with a handful of other SEC schools showing a strong interest and one west coast school.

"UCLA, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, they are all recruiting me a lot too," said Griffin. "I'd also like to get some more interest from Miami, Texas and Oklahoma, but I'll just keep on playing."

Griffin said that LSU was his lifelong favorite, but right now, his top three schools are Arkansas, UCLA and Auburn.

"When Coach (Nick) Saban was at LSU, they were my top choice. I knew the school and the program, but with Coach (Les) Miles there, I am just now getting to know them," said Griffin.

Recruiting Griffin to the Bruins is running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. "Coach Bieniemy is a real cool dude. He came to my school and I've talked with him on the phone," Griffin said.

And while the Bruins remain in his top three, Griffin conceded that he does have his heart set on playing in the SEC. "No doubt it's been my dream to play in the SEC. It's where I most likely will end up. Guys go to the next level from there a lot. But at the same time, I also like UCLA a whole lot. They are good at running the ball a lot and I like their power running game," said Griffin. "But playing in the South would let my dad come to my games. He's blind in one eye and it would be easier for him to stay close to here because he said he wants to go where I go."

Griffin said the five schools he is hoping to arrange visits with are Auburn, LSU, UCLA, Florida and Tennessee.

His plans for the summer include a visit to the Arkansas camp as well as to the LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette camps.

Griffin attended the New Orleans Combine, but a pulled hamstring shortened his day. While there, though, he did jump 36 inches and ran a 4.41 shuttle.

"I usually run in the 4.5 forty range, but think I can get it down to a 4.44," said Griffin.

During his junior year, Griffin spent much of the year playing on a hurt ankle, yet still ran for 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions on defense, a season after recording 125 tackles.

Academically, Griffin said he had a 3.1 GPA and took the ACT in June.

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