Vanderbilt’s first 2012 recruit is North Cobb DE Tre Griffin

North Cobb DE Tre Griffin is Vanderbilt's first 2012 commit (Photo provided by Griffin family)

North Cobb DE Tre Griffin is Vanderbilt's first 2012 commit (Photo provided by Griffin family)

Vanderbilt’s first commitment for its 2012 recruiting class is North Cobb High School’s Tre Griffin.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound defensive end had only one early scholarship offer, and it was from Vanderbilt. He decided to go ahead and commit to the SEC school rather than wait.

“The education is great there, and I fell in love with the campus when I visited,” Griffin told the AJC. “I love the new coaching staff and their energy.”

Griffin attended Georgia Tech’s Junior Day last weekend. He said he had interest from the Yellow Jackets, along with South Carolina, Purdue and Georgia Southern.

“The other schools were football, football, football … and academics second,” Griffin said. “Football is extremely important but I still have to get an education, too. That’s why I chose Vanderbilt.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Wonderful-Ohio-on-the-Gulf Dog

April 21st, 2011
11:22 pm

“The other schools were football, football, football … and academics second,” Griffin said. “Football is extremely important but I still have to get an education, too. That’s why I chose Vanderbilt.”

Way to burn the NATS, Tre! Well done!

KevinM

April 21st, 2011
11:36 pm

A realistic view from a mature kid re: the priorities of schools in the SEC.

TopperCat

April 21st, 2011
11:36 pm

Good for him, nice to see he’s not dragging the process out for his own enjoyment. Seems like the whole state is committing early for 2012….interesting.

Bob Loblaw

April 21st, 2011
11:40 pm

Can GT sign anyone from the state of Georgia without getting into a tussle with Valdosta State or Furman? The ship is sinking.

Good luck kid!

Jason

April 22nd, 2011
1:23 am

GT will have a top 20 class this year and 4 or 5 of them will have offers from UGA. And they will actually be coached up unlike at UGA

DollarDawg43

April 22nd, 2011
1:49 am

Congratulations and good luck to the kid. Now, go get that degree!

HOOT99

April 22nd, 2011
5:48 am

Jason, Are you for real? Do you really believe this?

Bobby P

April 22nd, 2011
7:41 am

Congrats Tre! Focus on finishing out school in academics and training. The future is bright if you keep the focus.

RambleOn84

April 22nd, 2011
8:00 am

Yeah, way to burn Tech by not accepting the offer he didn’t have. That really burned us, let me tell you…

JM

April 22nd, 2011
8:44 am

Where is the D beef???

April 22nd, 2011
9:27 am

At the very end of 2009, CPJ assured us that his new D co ordinator Al Groh, would recruit NFL caliber kids and that the result would be a much improved GT squad. Well, um, where is the D beef???

GeoffDawg

April 22nd, 2011
10:45 am

Congrats to him. That’s also a heck of tie knot. What is that? A triple-Windsor?

DollarDawg43

April 22nd, 2011
10:59 am

Jason-When you post nonsense no one takes you seriously.

Beef-Groh is a proven coach, give him time.

Meanwhile, this blog is about a kid who committed to Vanderbilt. Say it with me, syllable by syllable: VAN-DER-BILT. Thats what the article is really about. Be proud for the kid, he has an opportunity for a great education and will get to play in a premier conference and against some high profile opponents along the way.

Would it kill you guys to say “congratulations”?

RambleOn84

April 22nd, 2011
12:16 pm

Groh brought in Attaochu late in the recruiting period. Without Groh, Attaochu would NOT be here. He made a pretty good impact last year for a true freshman (3 sacks) and he looks to have a very strong sophomore season.

One great player every two seasons isn’t bad.

Not to mention CB Louis Young was another who DEFINITELY would not have come without Groh, and he also looks to have a pretty good year (though probably not the impact Attaochu will have).

I can’t guess as to what impact Groh has had on other recruits, but those two would NOT have come without him.

Groh was a great hire, given the circumstances.

McNair_HS_Wins2011

April 22nd, 2011
3:06 pm

Ga tech has just now decided to try to recruit the players that will win them an ACC championship. I hate to say it, but Johnson recruits almost like he is still at Navy or Georgia Southern. They need to go after the kids Florida and Alabama go after.
Georgia just drags their feet too darn much. Their evaluation process is too slow. Florida, Bama, Clemson, Auburn, Fla State or SC come in and offer those kids early and Georgia never gets their chance. Georgia is too strict with their rule of in person evaluations. I understand the rationale, but it definitely comes with a cost…

GeoffDawg

April 22nd, 2011
4:00 pm

McNair_HS_Wins2011, Georgia is also slow to offer because their rule is that once the offer is extended, it won’t be rescinded unless they fill up on the position. It’s fair to the kids and establishes a lot of goodwill with the player and parents. Of course, the drawbacks are that some of the more impetuous players may jump on an early offer without weighing their options but there’s never going to be a perfect system.

Unc Mike

April 26th, 2011
10:23 pm

Congratulations, Tre

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Greg

August 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

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Greg

August 18th, 2011
6:11 pm

Congrats cuzo education first you on point. Thats what I’m talking about.