Bellevue DT thrilled w/ offer, eyes WSU trip

MARCUS GRIFFIN said he didn't even know he was on Washington State's recruiting radar. By the time he went to bed last night, he knew the Cougs weren't just looking at him. WSU became the first school to offer the 6-3, 285-pound two-way stalwart from powerhouse Bellevue High. He talks with CF.C about the offer and his plans for visiting Pullman.

Griffin told CF.C Tuesday that WSU assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Eric Russell contacted the family for the first time this week. When he stepped out of class Tuesday morning, his proud dad had the news.

"My dad called me and told me that the Cougs had offered," Griffin said with a laugh. "It's an unreal feeling. I called Coach Russell shortly after and he offered me and congratulated me. I had the biggest smile on my face the whole day. I'm still shocked they offered me a scholarship."

Griffin played both ways for Bellevue this season. He was a dominant center on the offensive line and earned second-team all-league honors for his work at defensive tackle.

"They offered me on defense," Griffin said of WSU. "I think I would prefer to play defensive tackle in college. I consider myself a physical player and I have great coaches here at Bellevue. They have instilled the right technique and philosophies to put me in the best position to utilize my abilities.

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"Coach Russell told me the WSU coaches liked my film a lot and they want to get on me early and make a statement. They want to take over my recruitment and I'm pretty excited about the offer."

Griffin said he's been hearing from a number of schools and believes Arizona State, Washington and Oregon could be close to offering. Boise State also is in the mix as of late.

He was at UW's Junior Day event last weekend and said he enjoyed his trip, but the hometown Huskies aren't considered a favorite at this point.

"People would like to see me go to UW, but I'm going to do what's best for me," Griffin said. "I'm from California and I moved up here when I was younger. I never really had a favorite team or anything like that."

Griffin did add that a new team has risen to the top of his recruitment.

"Well, of course it's Wazzu," Griffin said. "They're my number-one choice right now. I'm looking forward to get out there for an unofficial visit. I'm pretty bummed I can't make it out there this weekend."

The Bellevue product was hoping to trip out for WSU's Junior Day event this Saturday, but won't be able to attend. However, a different unofficial visit to the Palouse is already in the works.

"I'm going to go there in a couple weeks with my dad," Griffin said. "Coach Russell thinks it would be better so I could get a feel for the campus and the environment. My friend Shane Bowman will also taking the trip with me and I know he's been hearing from them too."

Bowman (6-4, 240) is another top talent at Bellevue. He starred at defensive end this season. With Bowman and Griffin manning the defensive front, Bellevue dominated opposing offenses and won a mind-boggling fifth straight Class 3A state title.

Griffin added that he isn't in any rush to make a college decision and is hoping to visit some more campuses this spring and summer.

"Ultimately, I'd love to take some more trips, but we'll see what works best for my family," he said. "It's all about timing for me."

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