- Chris Mortensen, NFL reporter
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While much of the NFL draft focus has been on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, sources say Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will also declare for the 2012 draft before the Jan. 15 underclassman deadline.
Griffin responded to a text from ESPN.com's David Ubben on Sunday and said he has not decided, but Griffin's father, Robert Griffin II, said Saturday night it's a matter of when, not if.
"I met with my son (Friday) and his schedule is pretty much he will attend the Sugar Bowl here in New Orleans, then next weekend he will meet with five agents and select the right agent to represent him and plan a good pre-draft process," Griffin II said. "After that he will sit down with three of his coaches at Baylor on Wednesday or Thursday (Jan. 11 or 12) and make it official."
Griffin III already has his bachelor's degree -- he graduated in December 2010 with a degree in political science -- and his father said he has considered staying at Baylor to complete his master's.
"He actually has made a strong case to return because he's only 12 hours short of his master's, but he believes he can still accomplish that goal," Griffin II said. "He's still waiting for his official evaluation from the league, but the decision (to turn pro) is not a hard decision."
A Baylor spokesperson released a statement Sunday afternoon:
"Robert Griffin III -- the son, the player -- has NOT made a decision regarding eligibility. He will seek input from coaches later this month, then make his decision."
Baylor beat Washington 67-56 Thursday in the Valero Alamo Bowl to finish the season 10-3.
"He doesn't feel like he's leaving a team that's broken," Griffin II said. "Because the program is in such good shape, he can have a peace of mind."
The Indianapolis Colts have spent significant time evaluating Griffin on tape and in person and have been impressed enough to make the Baylor star their future quarterback without regret of losing out on Luck, should they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and end up with the No. 2 pick.
"Robert has no preference of teams," Griffin II said. "He will be fine with whoever takes him."
Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.