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Derrick Griffin: Texas A&M Needs to Secure Signature of 4-Star Wideout

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

National signing day would have gone much better had the Texas A&M Aggies been able to get Derrick Griffin.

He's one of the best receivers in the country. 247Sports' composite rankings have the five-star Griffin ranked the fifth-best player at the position and No. 40 overall.

The news regarding Griffin didn't come as a shock to anyone at Texas A&M on national signing day. Sam Khan, Jr. of ESPN.com reported Tuesday night that Griffin didn't receive a letter of intent from the Aggies, nor did he intend on signing with the school.

Khan wrote that academics were a major issue from the standpoint of Texas A&M and that there's the slight possibility he could choose basketball. Griffin is ranked No. 74 in the country by 247Sports.

This is not to say that Texas A&M should relax its academics standards or cheat in order to get Griffin, but the school needs to work hard and do everything possible to ensure that he is an Aggie next season.

He has freakish size that makes him almost unplayable for any corner or safety in college. At 6'7", 215 Griffin is a matchup nightmare. Because of his size, some recruiting outlets, such as ESPN and Scouts.com, list Griffin as a tight end.

Clearly, at that height, he would be a huge target in the red zone. Nobody would be able to out-jump him on any pass over the top.

His size is an even bigger asset because Griffin is far from just a tall guy with very little athleticism. He has the ability to outrun defenders on the deeper routes.

In the SEC, speed and athleticism become even more vital. It's with players like Griffin that a school can compete with the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators and LSU Tigers.

One underrated asset (and another argument for him transitioning to tight end) of Griffin's is his blocking ability. There are few receivers at any level of football who are competent blockers, so for Griffin to excel at it is a definite plus.

Johnny Manziel is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He would greatly benefit from having a blocker like Griffin downfield opening up some holes for him and eliminating any defenders in the secondary.

The biggest mark against Griffin at this stage is that he's a very raw recruit, with route-running a big issue. Every recruit is far from the finished product, but you can especially see that with Griffin.

With the Aggies, he would be able to get the kind of coaching necessary to make the most of the gifts he has.

His potential, combined with his size, make Griffin one of the most mouth-watering recruits in the 2013 class.

He should be top priority for Texas A&M.

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