Griffin Is Staying Patient

One of the top quarterbacks in the West, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Ryan Griffin is still waiting for his first offer to come in, but he's remaining patient while he deals with a coaching change, and plans to keep making an impression on college coaches this summer...

Despite being one of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Ryan Griffin (6-4, 205), continues to wait for his first scholarship offer.

Transition at Chaminade has contributed to the delay, but it's not making it any easier.

"It has been tough with the coaching change," said Griffin. "We just hired Anthony Harris from Campbell Hall and he's putting in a new system."

Chaminade's former head coach, Ben McEnroe, left to coach at Cal Lutheran, and because of the change, schools haven't been able to get in touch with Griffin like he'd hoped.

"I just got a call from a coach at Nevada and he said he's been calling," said Griffin. "A lot of coaches said they left messages."

So while he admits that he's a little frustrated, he's pressing on.

"Recruiting wise, the Pac-10 has been looking at me," said Griffin. "Stanford, I like them. I've talked with Coach Harbaugh a little bit. San Diego State had their quarterback coach come by last week. A lot of them are just saying that they're finishing up their evaluation period, so I need to see if I can get an idea of where I am on their board."

As he waits for his first offer, Griffin hasn't shied away from competition, going to the Air 7 QB Camp in March, Nike Camps in Los Angeles and Palo Alto as well as the Combine in Los Angeles last month, where he was one of the standouts.

"I've really been trying to do that, going to camps and fitting them all in, and just get my name out there," said Griffin. "I know quarterback recruiting is different, coaches want to see them in person, but a lot of other guys are getting offered. I definitely have confidence in myself, it's just offer wise I'm not seeing it."

UCLA was a school that Griffin had interest in, attending their Junior Day and being one of the top quarterbacks on their board. UCLA ended up offering Nick Crissman from Edison HS in Huntington Beach, who committed immediately.

"I talked to Coach (Jay) Norvell and he said they don't think they're going to take a quarterback, but that things could change if they were to move a quarterback to receiver or something," said Griffin. "UCLA was nice because I could go over there and was developing a bond."

Instead, Griffin will now focus on other Pac-10 schools, camping or unofficially visiting a handful of them this summer.

"I know I'm going up to Stanford for one of their days at camps and to Nevada just for a day," said Griffin. "And I want to visit Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. I'm just trying to hit the Pac-10 schools. Some of the camps I wanted to go to are during our dead period or their camps are during school, so I'm still figuring out where I'm going to go. I'm trying to get to the 1-days, that's the goal right now, but if there is a school I really want to check out, I'll go for more. Right now, it's all about getting that offer. It's definitely the first thing on my mind, to get my name out there.

Working out of the shotgun in the spread, Griffin threw for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdown passes in 2006.

Academically, Griffin is in solid shape, with a 3.7 core GPA and just completed a semester of straight A's.

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