Gerard Martinez

Olaijah Griffin showing out for Ground Zero

Olaijah Griffin popped on the radar in the CIF playoffs with big plays on both sides of the football and now he is honing his skills as a defensive back.

Mission Viejo (Calif.) sophomore defensive back Olaijah Griffin may be young, but he is a known commodity for one of Southern California’s top teams. 

The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback was a big contributor for the Diablos late last season, catching 19 passes for 369-yards and five scores as a wide out. He coupled that with four interceptions. 

“I want to accomplish more next season by just being stronger and faster,” said Griffin. “My goals are to break like three records at the schools and to be the type of player my coach loves.

“I want to be super strong and as fast as Deion Sanders. That’s my favorite player.”

Now Griffin is making a name for himself on the seven-on-seven circuit for Ground Zero. That’s not to say that he hasn’t already put himself on the map with college coaches. 

UCLA, Oregon and Colorado State have already verbally offered Griffin a scholarship. But Griffin has plenty more scholarship offers to collect. 

“I hope to get offered by Florida State, USC and Texas A&M,” said Griffin. “Those are my top three that I’d like to hear from. 

“I love the way Florida State plays. Deion Sanders attended that college and I’d like to be like him in college. 

“With USC, they’ve had a lot of great players come out of their college. They have a lot of guys in the league, and that’s something I want to do. I have an uncle, Curtis Conway, who went to USC. I would like to be as good as him in college. USC hasn’t contacted me yet, so I’m waiting on that.”

“With Texas A&M, they have a nice campus and a really good agricultural program. I’m in agriculture right now at my school. In agriculture you learn about plants and animals. I have my own garden at my house, so I’m really into that.”

Griffin hopes to unofficially visit USC, UCLA and Florida State. Griffin has followed the Trojans' program since he was young and is interested to see how the Trojans bounce back from a string of coaching changes and underwhelming seasons. 

“I watched their games and they just made a few mistakes,” said Griffin. “I think they can do better just correcting some little things.” Top Stories