Wisconsin an Early Favorite for Griffin

Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes junior cornerback T.J. Griffin has become highly interested in Wisconsin since receiving his Badgers offer.

With wide receiver coach Chris Beatty being a native and with the rich crop of talent the state produces every cycle, Wisconsin has made it a point of emphasis to attack the state of Virginia. The Badgers have been looking to add some athletic defensive backs for their secondary and now offered one of the state's rising defenders in Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes junior cornerback T.J. Griffin.

"First my coach told me that Wisconsin was going to offer me and after that I had called Coach Beatty," Griffin told BadgerNation. "He told me also the news and I was just so blessed and told him thank you so much. I am very interested in Wisconsin. I have seen their games and they have a really good program and a really good team. They also have a good secondary, which will be big on the field and get better in a few years, so there is definitely some spots I could play in."

"A week and a half before, I was talking to Coach Beatty and he said that they have seen my highlights and really like them. I kind of figured it was coming, but I didn't know when. He just wants me to get down there. I definitely plan on visiting and I might visit over spring break, which is three weeks from now, but if not, then definitely in the summer time."

The 5-9, 175-pound cornerback holds offers from Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, James Madison, Old Dominion, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia, with a few schools sticking out.

"I talk to Wake Forest and Duke a lot," said Griffin. "They are recruiting me the hardest right now. If I had to pick a top three, I would say Wisconsin, Duke and Wake Forest. That would be it."

"I am not really a person to just say like I want to go visit here because I am more worried about school. If colleges want me to come visit, then I will say all right. I am not going to say let's go visit here or there. I am not that type of person really."

Griffin missed three games last season due to a hamstring injury this past season and despite being undersize, he battled through to make his presence felt on the gridiron by taking the one game approach.

"I just play every game as hard as I can," said Griffin. "I focus on one game at a time and I don't care about my stats. As long as I do what I am suppose to do and my team wins, then I am satisfied. Every play I ball out and my highlights speak for themselves. Every advantage I get, I am going to take it."


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