Four-star wide receiver Derrick Griffin announced his intentions to join the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday via Twitter, per Joel Erickson of Al.com.
Erickson relayed the news:
4-star receiver Derrick Griffin. RT @drabb23: LIKE LEBRON SAID IMMA TAKE MY TALENT TO SOUTH BEACH!!! THE U!!!!🌴🌴🌴🌴🏀🏈👌🙌🙌— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) February 19, 2013
Griffin, the No. 40 overall recruit in the 2013 class according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings, figures to add some punch to a Hurricanes team that ranked 49th in the nation in points per game last season. Phillip Dorsett was the leading receiver for the team in 2012, racking up 58 catches for 842 yards and four touchdowns.
At 6'7", 210 pounds, Griffin possesses the size, strength and athleticism to gradually work his way up the depth chart in the coming years at Miami. He has great range and can go after poorly-thrown balls. Combined with his body control, he's a prime candidate to be a red-zone option for the Hurricanes.
Griffin is raw when it comes to route-running, though. The Hurricanes coaching staff will have to work with him on his technique, and he's not likely going to be someone who instantly makes a big-time splash in college.
But the wideout has all the tools to be a legitimate threat at the next level. If he works on his game, he poses great problems for opposing secondaries, given his ability to beat double-teams on short and intermediate routes.
After a disappointing 7-5 season (5-3 ACC), the Hurricanes are looking to get off on the right foot heading into the 2013 campaign. Building a strong recruiting class—complete with Griffin—gives them more momentum to improve next season after embarrassing losses to ranked teams in 2012.