Is WSU among touted Texas QB's frontrunners?

WASHINGTON STATE has offered a 6-foot-3 gunslinger out of the rolling hills of Copperas Cove, a central Texas town of about 30,000 an hour south of Waco. Also one of the nation's top track and field sprinters, he has not yet been evaluated by -- but holds more than a dozen football offers. He has three frontrunners. Is one of them Washington State?

Robert Griffin, (6-3, 200, 4.4), says the Cougs are indeed in his top trio.

"Right now the frontrunners are Houston, Washington State and TCU," said the Copperas Cove High standout. "Washington State told me they had gotten some tape on me and then had been trying to get hold of me for quite a while but they never could, and they said they finally got hold of my coach. So we called them back and they offered.

"I know they're in a good conference, so I like that about them. And I have to go visit up there or talk to the coaches a little bit more, I want to get some more information on them."

AS DO A LOT of recruits from the Lone Star State, Griffin says "sir" a lot during interviews, as in Yes, sir and No, sir. Don't mistake the politeness for a lack of confidence, however.

"I don't have a particular offensive scheme I'm looking for but when they talk to me about it, I want to see if that scheme fits my abilities, a scheme that allows me to throw the ball deep and really control the offense. Not one that is too structured, but one that will allow me to go out there, make my reads and determine what plays we need to run," said Griffin.

By most accounts, Copperas Cove runs a complex offense, a system that relies heavily on fakes and redirections.

AMONG HIS NUMEROUS OFFERS, in addition to Washington State, are ones from Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, TCU, UTEP, Utah, Kansas, Houston, Colorado State, Tulsa, New Mexico, and others. Nebraska, however, is an example of one of the schools who offered as a receiver or athlete, something Griffin said leaves him underwhelmed.

"A lot of it will depend on which position they're recruiting me at. I'm not going to turn down any offers (out of hand), but I'm looking for offers as a quarterback. The problem is with a lot of the bigger schools, like LSU, all those schools offered me in track but in football they want me to play something else (besides quarterback)," said Griffin, who sports a 34-inch vertical leap.

Washington State, along with his two other favorites, have offered him as quarterback. Griffin said distance will not be a factor. He's taken unofficial visits this recruiting season to Houston (twice), Miami, Tulsa and New Mexico. He said he might be going out to Illinois sometime this summer.

GRIFFIN SAID HE also has set a timetable for a verbal commitment.

"I'll need to take into account that more offers will be coming in during the season, but I plan to commit towards the middle of August. So I'm going to commit then, and then we'll see what happens from there," said Griffin.

After setting state records in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Griffin hopes to do both sports in college, although doing both sports is a considerable task for any athlete given the time demands, and it would be particularly so for a quarterback.

Robert Griffin profile

  • Griffin completed 142-of-236 passes for 1,994 yards with 21 TDs and 7 interceptions while rushing for appx. 850 yards and 8 scores as a junior, leading the Bulldawgs to the Class 4A Division I state championship game. His post season honors included his selection to the District 16-4A first team.

  • One of the top sprinters in the nation, Griffin received the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award after setting state records in both the 110-meter (13.55 seconds, [with a personal best of 13.3]) and the 300-meter (35.33 seconds) hurdles. His personal best time in the 400-m is a scorching 46.9.

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