Shaquill Griffin talks Vanderbilt offer

Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. is developing a reputation for turning out hard-nosed defensive players. JaQuez Jenkins in '09 now at USF, Xavius and Bar'ee Boyd ('10), now at Western Kentucky. Dante Fowler Jr. signed with Fla. in '12 and Jevaris Little signed with Illinois. Vanderbilt, among others, is pursing Shaquill Griffin, the next big defensive star for the Spartans.


"Last week when I spoke over the phone to Coach Gattis," said Shaquill Griffin. "He told me how much he liked my speed, physicality, and cover skills. He said he loved my film, and they were ready to offer. I'm really interested in them. I went to their website, and they have my major, which is medical. I'm planning on visiting sometime this summer."

At, 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Griffin can play any defensive back position. Joining him in the Spartan secondary is his twin brother, Shaquem. Out of Shaquill's 13 offers, eight have also offered Shaquem including Boston College and Minnesota. Continuing to play with his brother is sure to factor in his decision, but Griffin says he's looking at other considerations as well.

"Right now I don't have any favorites," Griffin stated. "I'm keeping my options open. The biggest factor for me will be my major. I want to go into the medical field, so I'm looking at which schools offer the best programs for that. Next I want to be in an environment I'm comfortable in for the next four years. I'm open to getting out of Florida and trying new things."

Lakewood won their first six in 2011, but dropped their last four to miss in playoffs in Florida 5A-District 8. Talent is there to make a run. Their top offensive player, Rodney Adams, has already committed to Florida. On defense, teams will have a tough time passing on the Griffin twins.

"Last year I improved on really everything like backpedal, footwork, playing a little off my man," Griffin said. "I had a good year with four picks on the season. This year I'm going to be more aggressive. Hopefully I can take a few interceptions back for touchdowns and make some big plays for us. Our main goal is to have a successful season and get back into the playoffs."

This spring Griffin hasn't gone too far from the Tampa Bay area visiting USF, FIU, and Miami. He plans on taking in a lot more out-of-state visits during the summer.

Currently, he's competing in track and field where he's ranked number two in the state in the triple jump right behind brother Shaquem.

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