Jaylen Griffin has committed to Virginia Tech, and his recruitment is over

Jaylen Griffin decommitted from California last month because he knew it was not the right school for him. He feels he has found it this time, and he has committed to Virginia Tech...

While committed to CaliforniaVirginia Tech let Jaylen Griffin know he had an offer, and that he was a Hokie target.

Despite being committed to the Golden Bears, the 6-foot-2, 213 pound linebacker out of Rome (Ga.) High made it clear that he was still exploring his options, and looking at the different schools.  After being committed to Cal for close to a month, on June 22, he re-opened his recruitment.


The Hokies were immediately viewed as the favorite and they cashed in Saturday afternoon with Griffin's commitment.

"It just feels so right," said Griffin when asked about his commitment to Virginia Tech.  "It is about the coaches and what they stand for.  They believe in family, and I truly believe my brothers will have a chance there also, so that is huge.

"Me and coach [Bud] Foster (defensive coordinator) click and I love coach [Justin] Fuente (head coach), and how he believes in me.  He talked to me and my family privately and we all bonded as a family."

The three star Peach State standout could not be happier about his decision.  He had plenty of offers to look at, and choose from, but the school in Blacksburg (Va.) is the one that is right for him.

"I just feel like Virginia Tech will get back to being great and I want to be part of that.  Me coming from a small town and to now be blessed to play at a prestigious college like Virginia Tech is definitely a dream come true.

"It is still shocking when I arrive, look around, and walk on the field during a visit.  When I put that Virginia Tech jersey on, it already gets me hype, and it even gives me butterflies, so if going there is wrong, I do not want to be right."

What some fans may wonder now is, is this commitment different from the other one?  Is his commitment to Justin Fuente different from the one he made in May to Sonny Dykes?

He left no doubt in his answer.

"This is it," said Griffin.  "Virginia Tech is my second home.  I am all in, and my family is all in too.  It is only five and a half hours from home and it is time to focus on bringing Rome its first ever state championship."

Scout has Griffin ranked as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the South, but he may play another position under coach Foster.  The Hokie defensive coordinator already has a plan for Griffin.

"They want me to play outside linebacker.  They call it the playmaker position.  It will allow me to blitz and make a lot of big plays.  It is similar to what I will be doing this year at Rome."

Griffin is one of four new commitments for Virginia Tech.  It was a very big day for the Hokies on the recruiting trail, and you can learn more about all 14 commitments here.

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