SEC Football: Could System Be the Key for 4-Star DT Prospect Kelsey Griffin?

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 14, 2012

Hochston, Ga. (Mill Creek) DT Kelsey Griffin / Photo Credit:
Hochston, Ga. (Mill Creek) DT Kelsey Griffin / Photo Credit:

Kelsey Griffin, a big defense tackle from Mill Creek High School in Hochston, Ga., has a big decision to make.

The 6'2", 290-pound defensive tackle, who is rated by as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country, has narrowed his choices to Georgia and South Carolina, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The two finalists run two different systems. Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has re-established Georgia as one of the SEC's top defenses with his 3-4 defense, which Lorenzo Ward and the South Carolina Gamecocks utilize a 4-2-5 system that has been equally effective.

Griffin's announcement date is still up in the air, according to the AJC: "I’m not sure yet if I’m going to announce before the start of my season. It’s a possibility but I can’t really guarantee anything."

So which team holds the advantage?

According to the AJC, it appears that Griffin likes the flexibility that playing in the the 3-4 system could bring. Georgia's coaches told him that he could play either defensive tackle or defensive end between the hedges.

He certainly has the size and skills to play both positions in the 3-4. He's big and takes up blocks, but is quick on his feet and can be the type of player that Abry Jones is for the Bulldogs now.

That could be the reason that the Bulldogs are "a little bit ahead," according to

South Carolina wouldn't be a bad option either.

The Gamecocks have a track record of producing solid defensive line prospects, and they have two very underrated defensive tackles in house right now with Byron Jerideau and Kelcy Quarles.

Griffin holds offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Tennessee and USC.