Gerard Martinez

Olaijah Griffin enjoying recruiting contact period

Olaijah Griffin earned a scholarship offer from USC over the summer at the Inland Empire Showcase, but last week was his first chance to meet Trojans head coach Clay Helton in person.

Mission Viejo (Calif.) cornerback Olaijah Griffin had colleges from all over the country contact him last week as the initial contact period for juniors got underway Sept. 1. 

“Recruiting picked up a lot,” said Griffin. “I had a lot of people contacting me. I talked to Coach Clay Helton from USC, coaches from Michigan State, Florida State, Texas A&M, Washington, UCLA and Boston College. 

“Most of the coaches were just telling me good luck on the up-coming season. All of the college sent me pictures of jerseys with my last name on them. That was obviously a good experience to see that.”

While most of the schools have already offered Griffin a scholarship, his childhood favorite Florida State Seminoles have not. 

“Deion Sanders is someone I always looked up to, and the main reason I would like to go to Florida State,” said Griffin. “They haven’t really talked to me about an offer or anything about sending ion film. 

“They just wished me luck on the season and sent me a virtual visit of the campus. I would like to eventually take a real visit, just not right now because they have a hurricane down there.”

Before USC got caught in Hurricane Alabama Saturday, the Trojans hosted Griffin on an unofficial visit to the school. It was his first time sitting down one-on-one with Trojans head coach Clay Helton.

“It was amazing,” said Griffin. “We met face-to-face and he told me about the school. I went around and saw the facilities and it was an amazing experience. 

“I loved the campus and watching their film I love the way they play. Adoree Jackson is another one of my favorite players, so I can see myself in that role. 

“He plays both sides of the ball and that’s something I’d like to do when I get to college. I talked to the DB coach (Ronnie Bradford). He said if I do go to USC that the offense might try to steal me away.”

Friday against Oak Hills, Griffin played both sides of the football. On offense he had five catches and a touchdown, while accumulating three tackles on defense. Griffin will attempt to sprinkle in some recruiting visits locally while in the midst of his junior campaign. 

“I do want to go to the UCLA-USC game,” said Griffin. “I have to look at the schedule, but I’ll be at a few games this season. 

“With UCLA, I really want to se how their defensive backs play this year. When I took my visit there, I watched them closely and liked what I saw. Just how they lined up and what coverages they played in.

“I know more about USC, but I just want to see them do good. USC is a nice college, so I just want to see them do well this year. I want to see them become a winner again.” Top Stories