November 29, 2012

Army and Griffin are on the same wavelength

Army would love to add at least 2-3 quality quarterbacks to their 2013 recruiting class and the staff has already has two prospects on the radar who could make an immediate impact on the program. Yes, very much in the manner that 4-year starter and current Black Knight senior/captain Trent Steelman did four years ago.

You have 3-star prospect D.J. Juste and probably one of the most talented unranked players out of the state of Georgia in quarterback Ty Griffin.

The good news for either Juste or Griffin, is that the Army staff is working diligently to bring aboard top tier talent on the O-line to ensure that the trend to remain as the nation's top rushing offense as they have the past two season will not be lost in the sauce.

As such, the Black Knights received a verbal commitment early from 3-star offensive lineman, Patrick Joseph.

But with Griffin and Juste, they don't simply rely on their legs, but are equally effective putting the ball in the air and in Griffin's case, all you have to do is listen to his head coach, Kyle Hockman.

"He's a dynamic player ... he's physical, strong, fast with a big arm, just dynamic.
And he has that will to make things happen," says the Kennesaw (Ga) McEachem High School head coach. "He played all different positions (running back, wide receiver & safety), but more so at quarterback with the Tebow style stuff. That includes short yardage package, spread him out to throw the ball and moved him around quite a bit."

So why has Griffin fallen under the radar? "His highlights are primarily from his senior year and that consisted of only eight contests," adds Hockman.

"He got hurt the very first game of the 2011 campaign when at the time Griffin was under center at North Cobb. When he came back, he alternated a little bit mid-season and that staff decided to go with the other quarterback who happen to be the son of the head coach. And it was at that point that the family moved Ty over to us (Kennesaw (Ga) McEachem High School)."

"And then when he comes over to us and open up the 2012 season against Grayson in the Dome. On the 4th of the game he suffers a high ankle sprain and he misses that game and the next two and it's game four before he's got anything (tape)."

But according to Hockman, once Griffin was able to make his way back onto the field, Hockman came short of comparing him to another Griffin, who is commonly called RGIII. "From that point on, he's probably the best player on the field and we played against the kid from Marietta (3-star QB, Anthony Jennings) who's committed to LSU and several of those kinds of players ... he's the best player on the field and there's no question about it," declares Hockman, who indicated that his star QB has already embraced the idea of playing for one of the academies.

Army & Navy

"He's fired up about them and he wants to be a pilot, his dad is an ex-marine so he knows that lifestyle and he's okay with that," shares Hockman.

"I have probably 15 Mid-majors that have called and said that we're really interested and we are going to offer him. I said, I'll save you some time, he ready to go Army or Navy before he would go to a Mid-Major and he would entertain a top level BCS school ... but is that going to happen? Probably not, but he can't go wrong with a school like West Point (aka Army). Listen, I have 17 Division I players playing right now and he is as good or better than all of them."

"He and I had a conversation this morning and I said to him, here's what I think is going to happen. You are going to go to Army or Navy, and you are going to be there best player and you are going to be the guy that every colonel and the whole Army knows. Because you lead Army to the Commander's Trophy and you'll end up being a general in 10, 15 years or whatever or run our country and not because of football only."

And he's reaction to that was, hey coach, that's probably what I'm going to do," says Hockman, who's comments were confirmed by Griffin himself.

"Both Army and Navy are coming to my house and we're going to set up a visit (official) then," shares Griffin himself. "They are pretty even right now ... I like both of those schools so far. Actually, I just talked to coach Holmes (Clarence) today,". It went good ... he was just telling me he wasn't coming down to set up a visit with me."

So with Army-Navy showing the highest level of interest in the athletic Griffin, will he be watching their upcoming match-up on December 8th? "I might be going to the game, but I have to check with my parents to see how I can get up there for the game because it's in Philadelphia," said Griffin.

Statistically Speaking

In the eight games that Griffin played in 2012, he had 133 rushes for 1149 and 19 touchdowns. 20/39 for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Receiving, he had 10 receptions for 111 yards.

With those numbers, it's easy to see why Griffin is primarily being recruited as a quarterback, although he indicated that a few schools are looking at him as a safety or receiver.

"Army and Navy are looking me as a quarterback," confirms the 6-foot-0, 185 pound quarterback, who shared what qualities he is looking for when making his college decision. "I'm looking for a good education and good football you know and not too far from home, but I don't want to stay too close either."

Aside from the two academies, Griffin said he is also hearing from Georgia, Missouri, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern.

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