Griffen talks USC visit

Finally in town to take his official visit, the fourth one he has taken, Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive end Everson Griffen could be done with one still left.

Finally in town to take his official visit, the fourth one he has taken, Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive end Everson Griffen could be done with one still left.

"I don't know yet if I'll take the visit," said Griffen about his scheduled trip to UCLA this next weekend. "I might decide before then."

That was the impact that Griffen's visit to USC had on him. The top-ranked defensive end in the country, Griffen had attended USC's Rising Seniors Camp and it was then that the Trojans secured the top spot on his list.

This weekend just about sealed the deal.

"Yeah, I'm leaning pretty heavily to USC," said Griffen. "I just feel like I really fit in there."

Griffen was hosted by Keith Rivers and spent ample time with several other Trojans.

"Sedrick Ellis, Fili Moala, Keith Rivers, Vidal Hazelton, we all hung out and hit it off real good," said Griffen.

And it wasn't just current players that Griffen hit it off well with, as several of the official visitors also spent time together.

"Marvin Austin, he's real cool. Martez Wilson, James Wilson, they're cool too. Kris O'Dowd, he's my boy. And Terence Toliver too, all of them were who we hung out with. All of us made it to the Army (All-American) Game," said Griffen.

Griffen has previously visited Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon, but said that the USC far and away was the best trip. Good enough that he's most likely skipping his final trip for it.

"I might still take it, but as of now, it all depends. I just don't know," said Griffen.

Resting from an ankle injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, Griffen was able to spend the weekend away from the field, with Agua Fria having a bye. They return to action on Friday for the state semifinals.

"It's feeling better," said Griffen. "I'm trying to be ready and I hope to be."

Griffen said he would be fully healed for the U.S. Army Game, where he initially was planning to announce his decision, but that could become moot as early as this week.

Prior to his injury, Griffen had 72 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, a batted down pass and a blocked kick.


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