It’s been five years since Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union had a Football Bowl Subdivision recruit roaming around the campus, as former Houston Cougar Deontay Greenberry emerged as a Parade All-American with the Panthers.
Now comes 2019 prospect DeMarcus Griffin, who pulled in his first scholarship offer from Southern Mississippi on the evening of Mother’s Day, May 14, and a new offer from Texas State on May 17. Griffin, who is a 3.0 student off the field, said that both schools are recruiting him to play either cornerback or slot receiver.
“This makes me feel great following behind the footsteps of Deontay Greenberry and now being able to be a national recruit like he was,” Griffin told Scout.
Griffin had been chatting with some college football coaches for nearly a year – mostly from the Mountain West Conference -- as San Jose State and Fresno State were the last two to take an interest in the versatile 5-foot-9, 168-pounder.
Griffin, who also runs track, is a versatile athlete. He takes handoffs out of the backfield, plays the slot on offense and also lines up at quarterback on read option/bootleg plays. Defensively, Griffin has spent most of the spring 7v7 season lining up at safety or slot cornerback for the Fresno-based club team DB Guru, which once had Greenberry catching passes at different tournaments.
Griffin cites Golden Eagles defensive line coach Derek Nicholson as the one who extended the Southern Mississippi offer, adding “the conversation was about how he had been watching me and hearing about me in 7v7 and through the media, then said that I can fit on any side of the ball as a defensive back or wide receiver."
Regarding the Bobcats, Griffin says director of football operations John Striecher offered him.
“He has been hearing about me in track and football, plus heard I received an offer from Southern Miss and says I will be great in their program," Griffin said.