It was a short decision, but on May 27, Rome (Ga.) three-star linebacker Jaylen Griffin made his commitment to California. On June 22, Griffin announced he would open his recruitment back up, however.
Griffin has a number of options. In all, he has 32 offers, but at the same time he announced his decommitment, he listed five schools he had interest in: Virginia Tech, California, Louisville, East Carolina and Colorado State. Boston College has also gotten into the mix.
That still remains the case. Griffin has a pair of visits coming up and after that, he hopes to have more clarity on his recruitment. What he’s looking for, though, has not changed.
“The one thing would be academics,” Griffin said. “Another thing would be if I fit in with the program on defense and somewhere I know I’ll be able to play.”
Griffin’s last visit took place June 18 for the Hokies’ elite camp. He didn’t participate, but was there to get his first look at the campus and support his younger brother, freshman running back Jamious Griffin. One aspect particularly impressed the older Griffin.
“The one thing that stood out the most was the coaches,” he said. “They’re all down to Earth and good people overall. I could tell that by talking to them. The one thing that stood out was talking to the head coach. I think that was the first time I talked to a college head coach. Coach (Justin) Fuente, he’s pretty cool, too. He’s a real nice person.
“I love it and it’s just a cool place to be. They showed me everything I needed to see.”
Jaylen Griffin said that conversation with stayed with him. But he also enjoyed talking more with assistant coach Vance Vice and defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“Coach Fuente just asked me how I liked the campus, what I think about the program, stuff like that,” Griffin said. “They told me I was a perfect fit for the defense, they’d love to have me down there and stuff like that.”
Griffin plans to be back in Blacksburg July 23 for Virginia Tech’s cookout for top recruits. On July 19, he plans to make his first visit to Louisville, which has also stood out to him.
“I don’t know too much about Louisville,” Griffin said. “I know the coaches are good and it’s a pretty good program. I wanna get to know them more. Out of my top six, that’s probably the one I talk to the least. I wanna get to know their coaches more, look around campus and see how I feel about it.”
To this point, the Hokies remain the only program of the schools in consideration that he’s visited. More visits are coming, though Griffin said he’s not sure which schools will get officials.
“I’m trying to get to Cal this summer, but some stuff happened,” he said. “Cal is my number one spot to go, though. They all kinda share good academics, but Cal and BC have the best academics. They’re also where I can see myself playing. I have a good connection with all the coaches. Those are also the schools I stay in contact with the most.”
Griffin said he’s still discussing his possible visits with his family, but hopes to also see a Golden State Warriors game on his trip to California.