Griffin still set on three?

James Griffin is a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker prospect from Pasadena (Calif.) City College. Griffin set a record with 36 quarterback hurries and he still has three games left. He had 12 tackles and 8 hurries against Riverside with the flu last Saturday, even though PCC lost in a wild one in a pretty big upset, 55-41.

"I had at least 4 other ones that slipped away, but I gotta play the whole field," Griffin told

It's hard to tell with James just how close he is to making a decision as to where he'll spend his next two years. "Right now I'm just taking it day by day," he said. "I want to close it out but I've watched so much football lately and there are so many different places where I could go and make an impact. There are some schools out there that aren't giving up on recruiting me, and I like that. Schools like Oklahoma and Florida State. My coaches might set up trips to those schools. Oklahoma is doing good right now, I've been watching them. And Florida State, I see the players they have and I think I can do something there. And there's other schools, like Arizona, Michigan State, West Virginia...schools everywhere. I'm breaking them all down right now."

Virginia Tech, Michigan State and West Virginia had called Griffin the night we talked to him. "All of them are top-notch programs and you could go in and win a national championship any year with them," he said. "Next year when I'm talking to reporters, I want to be talking about being an All-American and winning the Butkus award."

Even though there are a lot of schools knocking down Griffin's door, three schools continue to occupy his top spots, starting with the Oregon Ducks. "Oregon's been standing out," he said. "I had a great time on my trip, even though they lost. The coaches and players made sure I had a great visit. They are my leader right now, but Virginia Tech is a school where the coaches worked really hard to get my best friend in (Jimmy Williams), and they've always been there."

The Washington Huskies appear to be losing a little bit of steam in the battle for James' LOI, even though Griffin acknowledges that at one time he was set on the purple and gold. "Washington was my number one school to start with when I decommitted from LSU," he said. "All summer I was thinking about them, thinking that was the school to go to. They are still right there in my mind right now."

One thing is for sure. Griffin will be signing in December and be on the campus of his choice in January.

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