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William Griffin enjoys the experience for Tennessee weekend visit

Nashville offensive lineman William Griffin was one of the biggest athletes to stroll through Tennessee's junior day over the weekend. He made the decision to get back over to Knoxville to spend time with he staff as he gives the orange and white a real hard look.

"It was a fun day as I already knew the campus from being up here when they were recruiting Elijah (Simmons), but it was just fun," Griffin said. "I know all the coaches and I'm on a first name basis with them so it was good spending time around them.Just seeing all my old faces again."

Griffin is one of the in-state talents that Tennessee really covets in the 2021 class. The chance to see those 'old faces' was a big reason why Griffin wanted to get back up before the February dead period begins.

"That was the main focus of today," Griffin said. "Just seeing, if I do some here, who is going to be there for me the next three or four years of my life. Just come up and hang out with everyone."

Griffin sees the program growth under Jeremy Pruitt and that's one of the biggest factors in his interest.

"Its on the up," Griffin said. "People always doubt and I like being the underdog. They have young coaches here and Pruitt is doing a good job of listening to his coaches and his players. Most coaches don't listen to his players, but he does."

Griffin uses his massive frame to his advantage.
Griffin uses his massive frame to his advantage. (Jeff Drummond/Cats Illustrated)

Griffin really enjoys spending time with Will Friend as the two have light hearted personalities.

"That's my guy," Griffin said. "He's probably the funniest o-line coach that I've met. He's also strict as he keeps it real when it comes to football. He's flexible. If you don't think you can do something, he will show you another way so it doesn't discourage you. He's a good guy."

Among the other teams recruiting Griffin hard is Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville, Georgia and Oklahoma. He says Tennessee is one of his top schools and they are 'up there.' in his recruitment. He hopes to get back to Knoxville this spring.

"I don't have anything planned, but I'd like to get back up for a practice or their spring game," Griffin said.