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Former Lake Oswego (Or.) TE Connor Griffin, who has spent the last two years on Gonzaga's basketball team, is planning to enroll at Washington later this month...

Griffin was a two-sport star at Lake Oswego (Or.) High School and he spent the past couple of years on the Gonzaga basketball team.

The talented athlete's goal was to finish his degree at GU and then transfer to a football program to give the gridiron one last shot, but his timeline got sped up after he stepped back and looked at where things were headed.

"I just thought I had more potential with football. I was planning on using my 5th year for football but that time came quicker," Griffin told Dawgman.com. "I was a walk-on at Gonzaga the first two years, but they offered me a scholarship for this season.

"I don't think I would've been able to achieve my personal goals as a football player with only one year. I continued to miss the game of football as well."

Griffin reached out to the Husky coaches and he's been impressed with what he's heard from them.

"I loved their staff and the philosophy Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) is preaching," Griffin added. "He's about transforming you as a person on and off the field.

"I think I fit into their offense very well because they like versatile tight ends. They have all the tools there for me to succeed.

"They've treated me like any other recruit. I've been talking to coach (Jonathan) Smith and coach (Jordan) Paopao for a month or longer now. I took a visit and saw the school, all the facilities and met the staff. I also met with coach Pete as well and talked to him yesterday.

"Paopao said he really likes my basketball background because I know how to use my body to get open and the athleticism translates well."

Griffin is currently 6'4" and weighs 225 pounds and hopes to enroll at Washington later this month for the start of summer classes.

"I just want to get there and get started," Griffin noted. "I am hoping to get there and start their offseason program and get familiar with things there."

Griffin, who graduated from high school in 2013, will be a junior academically, but he will be a redshirt sophomore as far as athletics are concerned.

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