Tre Griffin talks status of commitment

Tre Griffin, currently in his senior season at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., has been committed to the Vanderbilt football program since April. He was the first commitment in the class of 2012 for the new coaching staff headed by James Franklin. He confirmed his pledge to Vanderbilt, but may be looking at other options.

"I'm still verbally committed to Vanderbilt," said Tre Griffin. "Right now I need a higher ACT or SAT score to get in. I'm definitely going to take the tests again, one the 22nd [of October] and the other in November. I'm working with a tutor to help me improve my scores next time around."

Griffin, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end, currently has only one other offer from Georgia Southern. That could change.

"I committed so early [to Vanderbilt] that a lot of schools didn't think I was a possibility," said Griffin. "Things are starting to pick back up now. I'm hearing from South Carolina, Purdue, and Georgia Tech. I'd be happy to give an official visit to whoever wants one."

Vanderbilt may still ultimately be Griffin's college destination as they have many of the things he's hoping to find at the next level.

"I'm definitely still on good terms with Vanderbilt," Griffin said. "I just spoke with Coach (Charlie) Bankins last night on the phone. I want a place where I can get a great education, an opportunity to compete in the SEC for a great coaching staff, and a campus that feels like home.

"If I don't end up at Vandy then I hope to find a similar program with many of those things. I'd like to find a team that plays a four man defensive front. That's big for me."

Griffin has gotten off to a great start at North Cobb. In his first game against Alphraetta he made 13 tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble. Through the Warriors first four games he had eight sacks, leading the county.

"We're undefeated in our region," Griffin said. "I'm doing a good job with the pass rush. I feel like my footwork is better and has helped with my quickness off the line. I've done a lot of work in my weight room and think I'm stronger in my upper body. Plus last year I knew what I was supposed to do, but not really what the guys around me were doing. This year I'm letting the backers know their responsibility and have definitely taken more of a leadership role."

North Cobb plays in Georgia's Region 4-AAAAA. They are 3-2 overall heading into a weekend home game with Pebblebrook. This is Griffin's third season as a starter for the Warriors. He's played defensive end as well as some situational tight end during his prep career.

"We want to win our region," said Griffin. "I want to be the leader in sacks. Another player passed me with nine last week. I got eight. We have the potential to finish strong and have a really great season."

Griffin is coached by Shane Queen at North Cobb. He wears No. 4 for the Warriors. Top Stories