Bellevue tackle out recruiting for Ol' Wazzu

BELLEVUE defensive tackle Marcus Griffin, who committed verbally to Washington State last month, recently received scholarship offers from Arizona and Nevada, and others in the Pac-12 sound like they could be close to offering. But that has not deterred him from diving head first into a new job.

He's become an unofficial adjunct to the WSU coaching staff.

"… I've been recruiting all over the nation for quite some time," Marcus Griffin said. "I'm good friends with Connor Humphreys of Eugene… Joe Mixon from NorCal…. Michael LazarusKaleb McGary… I'm honest with all of them. I tell them how it is up here. I'm trying to show them this would be quite a place to live for four or five years."

The 6-3, 292-pound Griffin said he talks to each of them at least a couple times a week, and continues to speak with different prospects at different camps ..."

In other words, his commitment to WSU would seem not just firm, but rock solid.

"WSU saw my talent and have been with me from the beginning," Griffin said. "These other schools that keep calling… they have so many questions, and want answers. WSU had none. They want me for who I am. They've done an incredible job of bringing me and my family in from the beginning."

In the past week, Arizona and Nevada offered him scholarships, and he believes Arizona State, USC and San Jose State are to close offering, with Washington lurking.

"I basically told them I'm committed and I'm not taking anymore visits," Griffin said.

"I myself would be shocked if I ended up anywhere else (but WSU)," he added.

The crimson enthusiasm goes beyond recruiting.

"Be on the lookout Week One when Wazzu beats Auburn. Go Cougs!" Griffin says.

Griffin noted that some schools seek confirmations on height and weight, and want to see how his senior year unfolds to determine of whether he merits a scholarship offer.

"It's all a process," Griffin said. "That points to me being some sort of priority somewhere on their lists." He said it seems as though WSU had him as a top priority for quite some time. There was no waiting for a scholarship -- no needing to prove his worth.

Griffin is ranked the No. 37 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by, and he's been invited to attend the Semper Fi All-American game.

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