Tuesday, February 5, 2013
TE Derrick Griffin won't sign
By Sam Khan Jr.
The future appears unclear for ESPN 150 tight end Derrick Griffin.
The 6-foot-6, 228-pound prospect from Rosenberg (Texas) Terry will not be signing with Texas A&M on Wednesday, his coach at Terry, Tim Teykl, told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Teykl confirmed that Griffin has not received a national letter of intent from the Aggies, nor is he expected to. As for whether Griffin will sign with another school or a junior college on Wednesday or any time in the near future, Teykl is uncertain.
"I'm not sure what he's going to do," Teykl said.
When Griffin entered his senior year at Terry, there were concerns about his ability to qualify academically in order to play NCAA football. Griffin acknowledged before his senior season that he understood the importance of doing well in the classroom and had modified his inner circle and social life.
The dual-sport star, who also plays basketball for Terry, made that work pay off in the fall semester, as he made the A-B honor roll, according to his basketball coach, Michael Jackson. However, he still has a long way to go to qualify, according to those familiar with Griffin's situation. He is scheduled to take the ACT this month.
Griffin originally committed to the Aggies on Jan. 6, 2012. He is the No. 33 player in the ESPN 150 and the nation's top-ranked tight end.
In January, Griffin admitted that he worked harder in the classroom this year than in previous years.
"At first, I was not doing anything," Griffin told ESPN.com. "Afterward, I realized what I had to do. Then I started doing all my work, started participating more and everything. Now, having seen how it was [at Texas A&M], I think, 'Man, I can't miss this opportunity.' So I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get in."
Griffin said then that his main goal was to "get to A&M. That's the only thing I want. Just to get into college, period."
Griffin could sign with a junior college and mentioned Blinn College as a possibility in January, but hadn't decided on an alternative plan at that time.
According to Teykl, Griffin's teammate, safety Victor Davis, is expected to sign with Texas A&M at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Davis, a three-star prospect, has been committed to the Aggies since Feb. 18, 2012.