Trey Griffey Commits to Arizona: Rich Rodriguez Claims First Big Name in Tucson

Casey CroweFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2012

Trey Griffey is a three-star commit with a five-star last name.

I'm sure he's grown tired of seeing this noted every time he's in the media, but Trey Griffey is indeed the son of former MLB star Ken Griffey Jr.—he of one of the sweetest swings in the history of the game.

That makes his commitment resound nationally—not that he doesn't deserve the attention anyway. That was made evident after playing in the Under Armour All-American Game, a showcase of the nation's top prep talent.

And the next-generation Griffey is a future Arizona Wildcat, as reported by several sources close to the player and the program, including the Orlando Sentinel and TucsonCitizen.com.

Here's what Griffey told the Orlando Sentinel:

I feel great…it was basically just the atmosphere, and I loved everything about it. It was just a great, enjoyable trip to Tucson.

My parents said, ‘It’s up to you, you got to do what you want to do…what you feel is right.' I’m going to the University of Arizona. It doesn’t get any better than that.

This is a massive get for brand new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez—going into Florida to steal one of that state's top receivers. And he also beat out arch-rival Arizona State for his services, among several others.

As Anthony Gimino of TucsonCitizen.com noted, Griffey wasn't a high-profile recruit until this year when he transferred to Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. There he put together a standout senior season, totaling over 900 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.

 

 

There are other prime-time names in the mix as National Signing Day approaches.

According to Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star, four-star quarterback Devin Fuller—a prototype athlete for Rodriguez's spread-option attack—is on campus at Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday as he continues to narrow his choices.

And according to several sources, including ESPN, one of the state of Arizona's top uncommitted players, electric athlete Davonte Neal, will visit the school after National Signing Day.

For tonight, Rodriguez can tout having a Griffey in his plans.

This is only a verbal commitment. NSD is still over a week away, and everything is tenuous until a letter of intent is signed. But it's certainly better than no commitment at all.

It marks Rodriguez's first major win on the recruiting trail.

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