On January 4, 2009, Erick McGriff verbally committed to the University of Kansas. He is the son of former MLB great Fred McGriff. According to Rivals, McGriff is a three-star prospect and is rated the 48th best receiver in the class of 2009.
The Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL) prospect chose KU over Wake Forest, Troy, Auburn, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.
“I just wanted to get out of Florida,” McGriff told Rivals. KU’s precision with the spread offense was one of the major factors in his commitment. “I like how there is a lot of man-to-man coverages, and with the way teams are running it now it is hard to stop,” he added.
McGriff is listed at 6’3.5”, 190 pounds. He has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash as well. Like fellow KU commit Chris Omigie, he is long and lanky with good strength and reach, but he will need to add bulk to his frame to be competitive at the FBS level.
The three-star prospect is not afraid of contact. He catches the ball well in traffic and can deliver a hard blow before breaking a tackle. He runs hard and is very difficult to take down in open space one-on-one. This makes him a threat over the middle and on post routes.
Despite that, McGriff is far from ready out of the gates. He has the size that most receivers covet, but he is still very raw. He still needs to learn how to use his hands to catch the ball. Like most high school receivers, he uses his body to assist with the catch, especially in open space. This led to many dropped balls.
He accelerates slowly, but he has great speed when he can get into full stride. His routes tend to be a little on the sloppy side and he has difficulty getting separation on cuts. He has also not figured out how to use his long body to his advantage.
The Tampa native will benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention that he will receive at Kansas. He has the size and speed to develop into an every-down receiver. McGriff will likely redshirt as a freshman in order to learn the system and bulk up. Between the coaches and the veteran players, he will also have the opportunity to develop his skills.