|The multi-talented Griffin (6-2, 200), who plays OLB/SS,
has always been very goal oriented. When he was growing up in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. he
wanted to be a football player. Not
just any football player, but a good football player. He accomplished that by earning "Player of the Year" honors
at East High School his senior year.
Another of his goals was to win championships wherever he played. He took care of the first step while leading his East team to the
state 4A title. He had 19 blocked punts and 60 sacks as a prepster.
Last year, his first at Pasadena, he helped Maher's Lancers to the
Mission Conference crown and a 10-1 record. Step number two.
"Now I'm thinking national championship," said Griffin. "I think we have the players and coaching staff to do it. We made one mistake last year, taking El Camino too lightly. That
won't happen again."
Prior to joining the Lancers Griffin had found his way to Middle
Tennessee State, after first signing with Alabama, and was about to
play. But there was a foul up in his paper work. Ultimately he sat out the year and then, when some of his buddies
were transferring to the West Coast, he decided to give it a shot.
"Seemed like most of the guys were thinking of either San Francisco
(CCSF) or Pasadena. I felt
like Pasadena was a program on the rise so decided to come here," said
Maher says that Griffin is one of those guys who is just always
around the ball.
"He is so quick and is a great tackler. He has terrific instincts. Forget
his size. Shoot he was playing defensive end and tackle in high school
and he weighed about 170 pounds," said Maher of Griffin.
Although he verbally committed to LSU back in March, he has since
de-committed and is being sought after by most of the major schools in
"I had a good tape," said Griffin. "After they watched for a minute or so they started making offers. All of the Pac-10 schools, most all of the SEC schools, half the Big-Ten and the Big-12 guys. I think I have over 100 letters so far. It's going to take a lot of time to decide where to go, but I'll worry about that later. Right now I'm looking for that third ring."
Griffin is not flying solo in his search for the title. Maher's PCC squad is once again solid and should be a favorite to win the league title.
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