BELEVILLE, Mich. – As a first-year freshman starter on varsity, athlete M.J. Griffin is putting together an impressive 2015 campaign. Griffin, who starts at cornerback for the Tigers, is an intriguing prospect that is fresh off a visit to Michigan State.
Griffin spoke about his season with Today’s U and touched on his visit to the Spartans’ campus, which schools are next in line to receive a visit and more.
“It’s been going good,” Griffin told Today’s U. “We are 4-1 right now, which is a great way to start, but we lost our first game. So I wish we would’ve won that game, but things are going really well right now. I’ve got an ankle injury right now, so hopefully that gets better, but it’s going really good right now.”
Standing at 5’9” and 150-pounds, Griffin gives up a good deal of size to opposing receivers. With that said, he uses his speed and agility to stick with older and more physically imposing targets. Griffin says he needs to work on his tackling a bit more, but is striving to build his game as a complete player.
“My playing style is just coverage. I’m really good at covering,” Griffin said. “I can tackle too, but I want to work on that a little bit. I’m shorter than everyone else, so I’ve just got to work on tackling.”
So far, Griffin has received the entirety of his collegiate interest at the cornerback position, although he also plays wide receiver for his high school team as well. Griffin touched on his recruitment as of late.
“It’s been going real well,” Griffin said. “Toledo has been looking at me, Michigan, Michigan State and Florida State too. It’s going really well.”
This Saturday, Griffin took an unofficial visit to East Lansing to watch Michigan State take on the visiting Purdue Boilermakers. The Spartans pulled off a close victory and Griffin spoke highly of his time on campus.
“The visit was great,” the freshman said. “The facilities are real good. All the coaches came up, talked to us and introduced themselves. We were on the sidelines, walked on the field and everyone was real hype. It’s all about business and just getting ready for the game.”
To be specific, Griffin met with Michigan State recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell before the Spartans’ game began.
“He told me how to be a better defensive back and how to become a Spartan,” Griffin said. “He’s impressed by my height because I’m getting a lot taller.”
While on his visit, Griffin paid close attention to the performance of the defensive backs since that is his primary position on the field as well.
“They performed real well,” Griffin said. “They can cover real good and they have speed, but they also have height too, so that’s pretty good.”
As for the rest of the fall, Griffin said he is planning on taking multiple visits, including a southern swing that would allow the rising freshman to check out several schools in a different part of the country.
“Mostly Florida State,” Griffin said. “I really love Florida State and I liked it when we went down south. Maybe LSU or Louisville. I’m going back to Michigan State too and Toledo and Central Michigan.”
Since Griffin is yet to pick up his first offer, the freshman cornerback says that in-state Central Michigan team may be the first program to extend a scholarship due to the level of interest he has received from the Chippewas’ thus far.
“I think Central Michigan,” Griffin said. “Because they’ve really paid attention to me. I’ve had no offers yet, but they are really looking at me and put me on their board. FAU too. [Central Michigan has] been telling me that I’m good, but they want me to get better so I can be the perfect corner and that I need a little more height.”
Griffin says distance will not be a factor because he considers himself a national recruit. As Griffin continues to grow and add size, he believes when one big offer comes, others will follow and he’s not limiting himself.
“I think distance is [a factor] because once I get a really big offer, the rest of them will start rolling in,” Griffin said. “I’m only going to get better, so I think it really could.”
Look for Griffin to continue his strong freshman campaign this Friday against Garden City.