Griffin makes the Signing Day switch to Vandy

Jordan Griffin's commitment to Vanderbilt was a pleasant surprise on National Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounds linebacker out of Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) High School was committed to Wisconsin but an official visit to the Nashville campus, made just last weekend, proved to be the difference.

Jordan Griffin

"I went to Vanderbilt and pretty much fell in love with the place," Jordan Griffin told VandyMania.com. "I have the opportunity to play great SEC football and receive an education that's second to none. That kind of opportunity was too much to say no to.

"The city of Nashville really struck a chord with me as well. I loved it there. It's a lot different than I was expecting it to be. The campus is beautiful. I can't wait to go back.

"Coach Mason has a great vision for the program. He's taking over the defense which I'm excited about. I grew up loving the Stanford defense and always wanted to be a part of that. I've been a big fan of Coach Mason's defenses for a long time, and now I get to play in them.

Griffin was a two-year captain and three-year starter at Armwood. In his senior season, he made 158 tackles, nine sacks and had seven fumble recoveries. Griffin was highly-productive in Florida Class 6A, he led the team in tackles in all three of his years as a starter.

"My goal is definitely to continue being on the field," Griffin said of his freshman year at Vanderbilt. "I'm not looking back at what I did in high school. I've never been one to just sit there and be comfortable in a back-up role. I'm going in to compete.

"Coach (Kenwick) Thompson has said that the best four linebackers will be on the field. There's going to be a big competition and everyone will get their chance to show what they can do. That's another thing I'm very excited about. Coach Thompson seems like an awesome coach to play for. He's straight-forward and doesn't sugar-coat things. He's not going to be a different coach when I get there than the one who was recruiting me. I know he has the coaching ability I'm going to need to make it at the next level."

Griffin finished his high school career with 428 tackles, which is the second all-time at Armwood. For his senior season, Griffin was named the Tampa Bay Defensive Player of the Year. He is was a three-time first team All-State and All-Area selection, a member of the National Honor Society and Florida Class 6A Student-Athlete of the year for football.

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