Griffin Pledges to Wisconsin

Following his official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend, Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin pledges to Wisconsin, becoming the first high school senior from the state to commit to the Badgers in the Gary Andersen era.

MADISON - Wisconsin wide receiver coach Chris Beatty’s persistence in the state of Virginia has finally paid off

Just two days after returning home from his official visit to Wisconsin, Virginia Beach (Va) Ocean Lakes CB T.J. Griffin has given his verbal commitment to the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class.

The news was broke to by Griffin’s high school coach, Chris Scott.

"I could go in there and possibly start early because they need corners," Griffin told, previously. "They’ve told me that they feel like I can go in and play the position and I feel like I can, too.”

Griffin is the 24th verbal commitment in the 2015 class for Wisconsin and the fourth projected cornerback, joining Dallas South Oak Cliff teammates X'zavien Ausborne and Takadrae Williams and Grayslake (Ill.) North athlete Titus Booker, who committed following an unofficial visit on Saturday.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No.123 cornerback in the country by, Griffin choose the Badgers, who he said were his leader coming into his visit this past weekend, over offers from Duke, Marshall, Oregon, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and others.

When Andersen hired Beatty shortly after he was named head coach in December 2012, Wisconsin made recruiting Virginia a priority because of Beatty’s ties to the area. Although coming close a number of times to land a prospect, Griffin is the first Virginia to commit to the Badgers out of high school to Wisconsin since Beatty arrived.

“He is a great guy and I like him," Griffin said. "He is also from my area. I mean I just like Coach Beatty a lot. When I first met Coach Beatty, he told me he used to date my girlfriend's mom (laughter). I was like what a small world.”

BadgerNation will have more from Griffin later

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