Griffin talks other offers, Cougar commitment

COUGAR COMMIT Marcus Griffin these days is busy checking out the recruiting highlight reels of his future WSU teammates. Speaking of recruitment, the Bellevue standout has also racked up more Pac-12 offers. He tells CF.C his commitment level to WSU is firm, but that he's also eyeing some potential official visits during the fall.

When Marcus Griffin was contacted by CF.C for a telephone interview, he was busy on youtube and HUDL catching a glimpse of what the future has in store for Washington State.

"I've been looking at some of our guys' recruiting tapes for a little while," Griffin said with a laugh. "I just watched Greg Hoyd's, Peyton Bender's and I'm going to watch Keith Harrington's and a few others before I got get in a workout.

Griffin's interaction with his future teammates doesn't stop there. He's been active on twitter recently, working different unofficial and official visit plans with guys like Bender, Hoyd and Kevin Griffin.

"With the group that is committed, we try and talk as much as we can," Griffin said. "I've been busy the last month so I haven't really reached out to a lot of recruits, but I still talk with guys in my class. I think once we get closer to the football season too, our relationship will continue to get stronger."

GRIFFIN'S OWN RECRUITMENT continues to heat up more and more. After landing offers from Cal and Arizona earlier this summer, he added an offer from the nearby Huskies early last week.

"Recruiting is good and it feels like things are starting to pick up again," Griffin said. "When UW offered, I kind of new it was going to happen. It's a great offer because it's in my backyard and it shows that people in our area think I have talent and I'm not just some overrated kid from Bellevue."

Griffin added that his new offers (nine total) haven't changed his commitment level to Washington State, but he is still thinking about taking some trips come fall.

"I don't think I'll take any unofficial visits, but I'll probably take some of my officials," the 6-3, 290-pounder said. "I'm not sure where to, but I have some offers from schools I've never seen before that I'd like to check out.

"I'd say that WSU, Cal and Arizona are the three schools that are sticking out to me right now, but Wazzu is obviously still my number one."

GRIFFIN SAID HIS relationship with the staff remains as strong as ever, and getting stronger still.

"I still talk with one of the coaches almost every day," Griffin said. "They're excited for me to be a Coug and they keep telling me that at this point next year, I'll be participating in my first fall camp. That definitely has me excited just thinking about it.

"I still think about the trips I took out there during the spring and I love the atmosphere from the football friendly town. I want to get out there multiple times in the fall and make more memories. I'd like to go out there when the students are all back in town, plus take an official visit."

Griffin added that there has been plenty of talk on cyberspace that his commitment level to Wazzu has wavered since picking up his offers. The Bellevue standout said he has a clear message for those individuals.

"People can make up things and say what they want, but no one decides my future but my family and I," Griffin said. "People will write articles or mention things in chat rooms, but ultimately, I know what's best for me and right now I'm committed to Washington State and I'm planning on being a Coug."

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Brandon Smart of Field House 100 in American Samoa tells CF.C that Washington State has offered linebacker prospect Frank Luvu (6-1, 205). For video: CLICK HERE

  • Griffin holds offers from WSU, Cal, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.

  • The big high school clash of perennial state title holders is one month away, with 3A Bellevue set to take on 4A Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium, headlining the 2013 Emerald City Kickoff Classic. "I just want it to hurry up and get here," Griffin said. "We've been working so long and so hard for that game. We're ready for them."

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