Kelsey Griffin Commits to Georgia: 4-Star DT with NFL Speed Huge Pickup for UGA
According to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kelsey Griffin is not committed to Georgia.
On Friday morning, the 4-star defensive tackle from Mill Creek High School committed to UGA in front of TV cameras. On Friday evening, Griffin’s high school coach told the AJC that he was no longer committed to UGA.
Here’s what Mill Creek’s Shannon Jarvis told the AJC via text message:
We are about to load our buses for tonight’s game so I will not be able to call. Please know that Kelsey is NOT committed to UGA right now. I know this may sound crazy, but it is the facts.
This is quite the twist, and certainly has to worry Mark Richt and the Bulldogs. Unless, of course, Georgia didn't want the 4-Star DT. From Carvell:
With Friday’s kickoff against Peachtree Ridge fast approaching, Jarvis did not respond another text message asking for further clarification — Did Kelsey Griffin commit to UGA and have a change of heart? Or did Griffin publicly pledge to UGA and later find out that it was rejected by the Bulldogs?
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for further updates on this strange turn of events in college football recruiting.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have received a big commitment from 4-star defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin.
Griffin is a 6'2'', 290-pound defensive lineman from Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga.
JC Schurburtt, national recruiting director for 247Sports, tweeted that he has decided to commit to the in-state Bulldogs:
JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) September 21, 2012
This is a huge commitment for the Bulldogs, as Griffin has some serious potential. He may even have NFL potential; he certainly has NFL speed.
Griffin obviously has good size for a D-lineman at almost 300 pounds, but what is really shocking when looking at his stats is that 247Sports has his 40 time clocked at an extremely impressive 4.70.
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If ya didn't know, that's extremely fast for defensive linemen.
To put that in comparison, Marcell Dareus—fellow defensive tackle and No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Alabama—ran a 4.93 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Dontari Poe out of Memphis—first defensive lineman taken in the 2012 NFL draft, No. 11 overall—ran a 4.98 40 at the combine.
Griffin's speed is going to be a huge asset for the Bulldogs. He has enough size to fill his gap and hold the line of scrimmage, but he'll be quick enough to get into the backfield, shoot the gap and cause trouble for opposing offenses.
If you're worried about him being swayed by another SEC power looking for his talent, that's not going to be an option according to Jake Rowe of Rivals.com.
When it comes to the rest of the recruiting process for Griffin, he wants to make it clear that a commitment from him is something that he considers final.
"A commitment for me means the end of the process," he said. "I'm going to handle it as responsibility and respectfully as I can, but Georgia is where I am going to sign."
How big is this commitment for UGA?
You really couldn't ask for more if you're a Georgia fan.
Griffin has got the talent to be great, and it's obvious that he's coming into this commitment seriously and with the right attitude.
Speed is key at the defensive line, especially in the SEC, and now Georgia has the perfect player that can get into the backfield quickly and stop those powerful SEC running backs before they can get going.
Like I said, this is a huge commitment, and it all revolves around Griffin's NFL-caliber speed. He's going to be a great player for Georgia.
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