Aranda Targets Griffin First

One of the handful of commits who scheduled official visits following the departure of Gary Andersen, Seffner (FL) Armwood senior middle linebacker Jordan Griffin was told of his importance to the Badgers in person by defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

With the dead period officially over, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and his assistant coaches have finally been able to hit the road recruiting. One of the two coaches that were carried over from the previous staff was defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, whose first stop was to check in with Seffner (FL) Armwood senior middle linebacker and Badgers commit, Jordan Griffin.

“We had a great conversation,” Griffin told BadgerNation. “He pretty much told me that the defensive staff as a whole, and Coach Chryst, ranked the top defensive prospect and he told me that I was the No. 1 ranked prospect on their board for the 2015 class. He also told me that nothing has changed since my official visit up there, and he said that there is still genuine people up there and people still care about the players.

“We also talked about the lack of depth at inside linebacker position and how he is expecting to me come in right away and make a difference for the Alabama game. He talked about how he liked my leadership and how he needs me to come in and make an impact as far as a leader and a player right away.

“Overall it went real good. For someone to flip me to another school, it is going to have to be something crazy big.”

How did the 6-0, 210-pound linebacker feel hearing he sat at the top of their board?

“It makes me feel real good hearing that,” said Griffin. “It makes me feel like I’m a priority to them and not just someone who they are using to fill a depth chart.”

Griffin is ranked as the No. 45 middle linebacker and a three-star recruit by Following Gary Andersen’s departure to Oregon State, Griffin became a top candidate for many schools to pursue and try to flip. He updates his official visit plans and what his commitment status stands between him and the Badgers.

“I am taking South Florida this weekend, I am probably going to take Vanderbilt in the next few weeks and I am thinking about squeezing in Nebraska,” said Griffin. “South Florida and Vanderbilt reached out to me (Thursday). I am expecting to hear from more as the day goes on, but those are the three I have heard from so far.

“I’m still pretty committed, but I just want to be able to go to other schools to be able to compare it. I have only taken one official visit and that is to Wisconsin, so I don’t have anything to be like if anything is different. I want to be able to compare other schools.”

One of the main reasons Griffin has stayed on board throughout all this turmoil is his tight relationship with Aranda and his future Badgers teammates, which has been a key in keeping his commitment solid.

“It is great,” said Griffin of his relationship with Aranda. “It is definitely great to be able to talk to Coach Aranda, and with all the things that were going on in the past, it is nice to sit down and talk football with him again. I don’t need to worry about if he is going to be at Wisconsin or go to another school.

“We pretty much all stay connected. We text each other a lot, we hit each other up on social media and I was just talking to Austin (Kafentzis) on how the dorm rooms look, so we pretty much talk a lot. It makes a lot of people stay committed with the relationship we have with each other.”

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