Rated: Griffin is currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.44 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: Outside of his size (6-0, 210), the three-star senior has everything you seek in a middle linebacker. He's a hard-nosed defender who plays his position with terrific instincts and physicality.
Griffin plays with good pad level and is just a natural at the position. He plays with his heart on his sleeve. He has a good burst out of his stance and does a good job of driving his feet when making initial contact with his opponent as well. His ability to tackle in open space and put pressure on the quarterback in a hurry are some additional things that have caught my eye with Griffin.
In my opinion, the only thing that has prevented Griffin from hauling in several more offers is his size. Outside of that, Griffin's outstanding in the classroom, a kid you want in your locker room and a prospect who should fit in nicely in Madison. He's a natural who I could see playing special teams in year one, but end up having a productive career at linebacker when it's all said and done.
The Badgers have made the Sunshine State a priority on the recruiting trail and it's starting to pay off. – Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender.
Recruiting Impact: The Wisconsin coaching staff’s targeting of linebackers in 2015 has massively paid off, as the Badgers have now secured verbal commitments from five three-star linebackers, including three from the speedy state of Florida (Griffin, Nick Thomas and Dominic Sheppard).
UW might even have six linebackers depending on how Nate Howard develops and if he sticks with his commitment despite some high major offers coming in. UW also secured a grayshirt commitment from Brown Deer athlete Zack Baun Saturday, who will start at outside linebacker.
Is UW done at linebacker? Not if they can help it. Wisconsin has a handful of offers out to uncommitted backers, but there is one specific player the Badgers are targeting and whose commitment they will likely accept.
Recently de-committing from Stanford,Salt Lake City East middle linebacker Christian Folau lists UW as one as his favorite schools, if not the favorite. Folau is good friends with UW commit Ula Tolutau and has a great relationship with the UW coaching staff, primarily Coach Gary Andersen and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a. Folau is of the LDS faith, so he would be taking his mission trip and enrolling in a future year.
Quotable: “Coach Aranda explained to me that my freshmen year at Wisconsin, they are going to need a freshmen that starts, so he was talking to me about getting in and playing early. Nothing is going to be given to me, but someone is going to have to step up at that position. Early playing time was a good topic. It extremely and tremendously intrigued me on the playing time. It was great and I loved hearing what they had to say. I am not one of those players that expect that to be given to me and I want to go there working and earn whatever I can.”
Final Thought: The state of Florida continues to produce for the Badgers. Griffin has favored Wisconsin for a long time that his commitment wasn’t a huge surprise, but nonetheless important for UW as the coaching staff continues to recruit faster, athletic players for their defense.