Cougs continue to target tall cornerbacks

THE WSU OFFERS CONTINUE to stack up during the May Evaluation period and the Cougs continue to target cornerbacks who have some size to them. One of the more recent crimson offers belongs to a 6-1, 175-pound cornerback from California who picked up a WSU offer on Monday. CF.C caught up with him to get the latest...

De La Salle High corner Kevin Griffin had been patient with his recruitment. His prep coaches told him that if he continued to focus on what he could control, like getting bigger and stronger, college coaches would come calling.

On Monday afternoon, Griffin spoke with WSU area recruiter Eric Russell, who delivered the news Griffin was waiting for.

"I was talking with Coach Russell and he asked me if I thought I could play in the Pac-12 and if l loved the game of football," Griffin said. "I told him yes for both and he offered me my first scholarship. I was at a loss for words when I heard him say that. I was so excited and I almost couldn't believe it at first."

The Concord, Calif. product is coming off a strong junior season, where he recorded 60 tackles, nine pass deflections and one interception.

Several schools, including Nevada, Arizona State and Fresno State had been showing interest, but no offers were put on the table until WSU did so this week.

GRIFFIN SAID THE Cougs being the first program to pull the trigger is huge.

"It obviously means a lot to me," Griffin said. "I've been waiting and working hard in school and knew that If I was patient a good program like Washington State would offer me. I'll be happy when other offers come in too, but the fact that they were first will have them in the picture for me down the road."

The WSU staff is recruiting Griffin as a cornerback and his speed is a big reason why. Griffin is running track this spring for De La Salle, recording some very impressive numbers.

He clocked a 48.4 in the 400-meter dash and has his sets on breaking the school record of 47.5. Griffin, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, is also on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

"My speed is what helps on the field," Griffin said. "I'm quick to the ball and I'm able to keep up with receivers. I do have some things I'd like to work on, though. I need to be more aggressive when the ball is in the air and I also need to work on my tackling. I'm a bigger guy, so I should be getting up higher when I tackle.

"Washington State is recruiting me as a cornerback and they think I'm aggressive. With my size and my speed, Coach Russell said he thinks I can cover well and could make a difference in the Pac-12."

Although Griffin said he's interested in the Cougs, he did add that a pair of Pac-12 schools would be "dream offers" for him.

"I'm kind of open to everyone right now, but I would love offers from USC or UCLA," Griffin said. "Those two schools kind of stick out to me a little bit, but I'm going to consider WSU down the road because they were my first offer. That means a lot to me and I've talked to Coach Russell about taking an unofficial visit in either late May or early June."

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