September 16, 2009

Griffin keeping open mind as evaluation continues

Nick Griffin has four scholarship offers, including a pair from in-state programs that he's grown quite fond of.

Still, the three-star running back from New Augusta (Perry Central), Miss., isn't ready to close any doors.

Griffin said earlier this week that he won't hold grudges against any programs still evaluating him that might decide to extend offers later in the season. Those offers appear to be very real possibilities, meaning Griffin's recruitment could get quite interesting before he signs a national letter-of-intent in February.

Griffin has offers from Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Stanford. In recent days, he's heard from Arkansas State and SEC West members Ole Miss and Auburn.

"I'm pretty open," Griffin said. "I'm just trying to be open. That's the advice everyone is giving me-- be open."

Griffin, a 5-foot-11, 193-pounder with 4.48-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is off to a solid start. Perry Central is 4-0 thanks in large part to Griffin's 780 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.

His weekends have been busy as well. Griffin attended Southern Miss' win over Alcorn State last weekend and plans to be back in nearby Hattiesburg, Miss., this weekend when the Golden Eagles entertain Virginia.

"I think very highly of them," Griffin said of Larry Fedora's program. "I've lived right down the road my whole life. They're telling me they want to get me in there and that I could see some playing time as a freshman."

Griffin plans to attend Mississippi State's home game against LSU later this month. The Bulldogs have apparently made him a priority since Dan Mullen took over for Sylvester Croom in December 2008.

"I think very highly of them, too," Griffin said. "We run the same style of offense they do."

Ole Miss hasn't offered, but Rebel wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., has been in contact with Griffin letting him know that an offer from Ole Miss is certainly a possibility.

"They said they like me," Griffin said. "They want to get some more of my tapes before they make a decision of them offering me. (Dickerson) is a pretty cool guy. He came down last week to see my coach."

Griffin, who said he plans to make a decision regarding his college choice in December or January, said he had originally planned to limit his choices to schools from the Magnolia State. That plan may have changed.

"Now that the out-of-state schools have come calling, I don't know what I'm going to do," Griffin said.

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