#5 National Prospect to Visit L.A. -- Twice

The #1 defensive end prospect in the country -- and the #5 prospect overall -- 6-4, 265-pound Everson Griffen from Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria, talked to us about his recruiting, the official visits, the timeframe for his decision, and his senior season...

November has been a busy month for Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive end Everson Griffen (6-4, 265).

On the first day of the month, it was officially announced that Griffen had been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game. "I was working hard for everything, but it wasn't until I went to the Scout.com Combine that I realized I really had a shot at making the game," said Griffen.

In fact, it was at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine where Griffen went from being a much-heralded prospect from Arizona to cemented among the national elite. Griffen was named the MVP of the combine, the highlight being his jaw-dropping 4.44 forty time.

Griffen ended up being ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, and this fall has shown exactly why he's regarded so highly. "I have 72 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, a batted down pass and a blocked kick," said Griffen.

And that's just defensively. As a running back, he's run for 1,008 yards on 137 carries and scored 17 touchdowns. More importantly to him, he's led his team to an 11-0 record and they are in the second round of the playoffs this weekend against Prescott (Ariz.).

From a recruiting standpoint, Griffen month remained hectic when he took his third official visit the weekend he was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Game. Griffen visited Oregon, when the Ducks hosted Washington. "It was a good trip," said Griffen. "Blair Phillips was my host. The fans were serious about the game but it was real good."

And like many recruits who visit Eugene, Griffen was wowed by a specific aspect of the school. "Those facilities, man, they were the best I've ever seen," said Griffen.

Griffen has also visited Michigan and Notre Dame officially earlier this fall, and Thanksgiving weekend he will be tripping to USC when they host Notre Dame. The following weekend, Griffen will visit UCLA when they host USC.

"After I take my trips to USC and UCLA, it will really help me with my decision," said Griffen. "I want to dwell on them for a little bit, take the holidays to think about it."

Griffen has been to Los Angeles already a few times this year, going to UCLA's Spring Game and to USC's Rising Seniors Camp.

For the local schools Arizona and Arizona State, which Griffen said he's still considering, he will take unofficial trips.

Finally, at the beginning of January, he will depart for San Antonio and it is during the U.S. Army All-American Game when he hopes to announce. "If they allow me to, I want to announce it during the game," said Griffen.

In the meantime, Griffen said he will continue to just soak in the whole recruiting process. "I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can," said Griffen. "But I'm looking forward to the end."

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