Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin has been hard at work during the offseason. He’s had a full track schedule and has sprinkled in plenty of 7-on-7 passing tournament action.
“It’s been going good. Ground Zero is treating me right. I’ve been getting a lot of playing time. Getting ready for next season,” Griffin said. “We haven’t started spring ball [at Mission Viejo]. I’ve just been in track working on my speed and trying to lift.”
The 5-foot-11.5, 170-pound sophomore ran a 4.64 at The Opening Los Angeles Regional. He is staying busy with his full schedule, but said he’s been focused on getting bigger and stronger to try to improve his cornerback craft so that he’s able to enhance his press coverage.
Even though he’s early in the process as a 2018 prospect, Griffin, the son of rapper Warren G, said he’s been getting a lot of attention from college, including an offer from Michigan last week. He also reported that Arizona State had also extended a scholarship offer on Thursday.
He said he's also been hearing a lot from Louisville and Fresno State recently.
The question for Griffin is which side of the ball does he want to play on. While most schools see him as a defensive back, where he plays for Ground Zero on the 7-on-7 circuit, there are also some schools that think he can contribute on offense.
“I think UCLA is looking at me two ways and Oregon.”
Along with UCLA, Griffin is hoping to hear more from another local school, USC.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Griffin said. “I love how their campus is and I love their football. My parents really like USC, so that would make them happy if I went there.”
The potential of staying in Southern California has added benefits, Griffin noted.
“It helps a lot. It helps with my family too. If I ever need any help or my family needs me or family problems or anything, I would be close to home, so that would help a lot.”
Check out Olaijah Griffin's highlights from The Opening Los Angeles Regional earlier this spring: