D'Anfernee McGriff, a 4-star athlete from Tallahassee's Leon High School, made his commitment official on Tuesday afternoon, deciding to play for the Auburn Tigers as part of their 2015 recruiting class.
Michael Langston of Rivals.com confirmed the news on Twitter following McGriff's announcement:
Justin Hokanson of Rivals.com talks more about the decision:
D’Anfernee McGriff is a big pickup. He will play receiver (both inside and out), run reverses, moonlight at wildcat. Think Ricardo Louis.— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) April 22, 2014
The 6'1", 230-pounder is listed as both a running back and dual-threat quarterback. While there's no denying his talent as a ball-carrier, his passion over the last several seasons in high school has been playing behind center and getting the job done with both his legs and arm.
Before the announcement, McGriff spoke fondly of the program Gus Malzahn has built in Auburn. Though the Tigers emerged just recently in the recruiting process, McGriff knew the fit would be a great one as he might have a chance to play quarterback, per Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports (subscription required):
"I like everything they do," McGriff said. "I feel like I'll go in and fit in perfectly with what they do. ... That stuck out—the way they use their quarterback in the read option with the QB running—and that's what I like."
McGriff's commitment looked all but solidified before he ever stepped to the podium, with Florida State and Florida holding onto a glimmer of hope, as War Eagle Recruiting noted:
4 star athlete D'Anfernee McGriff is committing tomorrow. It seems like he's leaning towards Auburn, also considering Florida St and Florida— War Eagle Recruting (@AUrecruiting) April 22, 2014
Michael Langston of Rivals also gave his prediction on where the prized recruit would go:
Along with the chance to play quarterback, McGriff also comes to a program with a need at the position after the 2014 season. With Nick Marshall playing out his senior campaign this fall, McGriff could be the heir apparent.
With the exact same height and 20 more pounds on Marshall following his junior season in high school, McGriff could grow into a dynamic signal-caller for the Tigers.
He possesses a good arm. He also runs a 4.34 40-yard dash, so it's clear that McGriff has enough speed to be a running quarterback or tailback who could help continue Auburn's success in the SEC.
Getting the Tallahassee native's commitment is a huge one for the Tigers because of his potential to be a true game-changer. As a dynamic athlete with raw talent, McGriff should be ready to line up at two different skill positions, making him a difference-maker for Auburn in the coming seasons.
*All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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