If you are looking for an underrated pass rusher in the state of Florida, look no further than Coral Reef high school. Corey Griffin, the 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker/defensive end prospect is a terrific pass rusher. He has great instincts, great strength, and uses great moves to get through the offensive line. Griffin is working hard to stand out during his final year of high school.
"Over the next year, I want to prepare myself for college. I am working extremely hard for my current team and for my future team. If I put in work, the offers will come. I am getting focused mentally and physically. I want our team to be successful and that starts with me. I am trying to be looked at as a leader on and off the field. We all want to win a district championship and a state championship. We are trying to bring some titles back to Coral Reef."
With his junior season behind him, a year that he had 65 tackles and 15 sacks, Griffin looked back on it and was pleased with his performance.
"It went good. We will do better as a team next year, but personally, I finished in the top 5 in sacks and tackles for a loss. I also made the "All-Dade County" team. I was happy to find out that news."
After his junior season was complete, Griffin turned to recruiting and was able to attend one Junior Day.
"I attended the Florida State Junior Day and I had a really good time. I was very impressed by what Coach Fisher is doing in Tallahassee. He and the rest of the coaching staff are all great people and things are looking up at Florida State."
Griffin hasn't been able to take a great deal of visits, but he knows what he likes in a school and mentioned some schools that have been in contact.
"Florida State, Vanderbilt, Ball State, Northwestern, and West Virginia are the schools that stand out to me. I like all the staffs, the academics at each school, and I am looking forward to checking out all the campuses over the next year. I am also hoping to hear from schools like Stanford, Duke, South Florida, Central Florida, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Louisville. I just want to attend a school with good academics, a solid graduation rate, a place with a good family-like vibe, and I'll also look at the depth chart at defensive end and linebacker."
Although he feels his best years are ahead of him, two schools have already shown their interest and offered Griffin.
"The University of Buffalo has offered me and Ball State offered me just the other day. I feel that those are the first of many that I am going to earn after my senior season. I am working extremely hard in the weight room and on the field and I think people will be impressed by what they see."
Griffin feels that he is going to have a big senior season and touched on, both, his strong points as a player and an area he would like to improve on.
"I guess the best part of my game is probably my persistence, drive, and effort. I bring it for 4 quarters each and every game. Whether we are winning or losing, I won't quit or let up on the opponent. On the other side, at this level, there are always things that can be improved on, but to single something out, I would say that my coverage skills could use an improvement. I will probably play linebacker at the next level, but I do a ton of pass rushing so with more reps, my coverage skills will improve."
At this age, athletes always find a person to model their game after and Griffin has decided to model his game after one of the NFL's top linebackers.
"I model my game after Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. I love the passion that he plays with and the intensity that he brings. He intimidates the opponent before he even takes the field. I am trying to play like that next year and in the future. People are going to see that I have such a great desire to play the game. I am very passionate about the game of football. I play with a great motor and try to standout with my speed."
Griffin is really focused off the field as well, as he maintains a 3.3 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT, which he plans to retake in June.
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