Commitment Impact - T.J. Griffin

The first Virginia high school senior to commit to Wisconsin in the Gary Andersen era, Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin adds speed, strength and physicality to the Badgers' secondary. BadgerNation looks at the impact of the commitment.

Committed Over: T.J. Griffin committed to Wisconsin over power-five scholarship offers from Duke, Oregon, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Rated: Griffin is currently a three-star prospect and ranked the No.123 cornerbacks in the country by Scout.com.

On Film: Landing T.J. Griffin is big for multiple reasons. First, he is one of the top defensive backs in Virginia. Although he is not the biggest prospect, Griffin is very strong and physical. He also has really good speed and quickness. On top his ability at cornerback, Griffin is a dangerous return man and should help the Badgers in that area as well. I expect him to contribute very early in his college career.

Another reason the commitment is so important, in my opinion, is that the Tidewater area is always loaded with talent and the top prospects from the area are very close, so this could lead to others following Griffin to Madison. – Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark.

Recruiting Impact: When it comes to recruiting secondary players, Wisconsin has hit pay dirt in bunches this season, getting the Dallas South Oak Cliff cornerbacks – X'zavien Ausborne and Takadrae Williams – to commit on the same day in early June and Grayslake (Ill.) North Titus Booker and Griffin on the same weekend.

Will Wisconsin take another cornerback, especially with so few spots remaining? It’s possible, but it’d have to be a high value target like four-star Javaris Davis (Miami) or three-star Rashard Causey (Fort Lauderdale).

If the Badgers lose a player elsewhere or in the position group, it’s possible Wisconsin would look at three star cornerbacks Derrick Baity, Chuck Davis or Terry Howard, all of whom have been high on the Badgers for a period of time. With needs elsewhere on the roster, however, an accepted commitment from one of them at this point appears unlikely.

Quotable: "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 supposed 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." - Griffin

Final Thought: Raymon Minor, Jamil Kamara, Tyler Powell, Jahvoni Simmons and A.J. Alexander represent a small portion of the list of players Wisconsin offered, recruited heavily and fell just short on. That left many wondering how many longer Wisconsin was going to keep wide receivers coach Chris Beatty in the state that he has tremendous ties to instead of putting the tenacious recruiter somewhere else. Griffin’s commitment signals that the Badgers are making progress in the area. And while he’s not ranked very high from a position standpoint, Griffin is a speedster that tremendously upgrades Wisconsin in the secondary.


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