Adam Griffith, the Calhoun High School kicker who is committed to Alabama, could probably help out the Crimson Tide this year.
Alabama suffered a 9-6 loss to LSU in the regular season after Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley failed to score on four of six field-goal attempts.
Griffith, who kicked a field goal to win the Saturday’s Class AA state championship for Calhoun High School, admitted it was tough watching Alabama’s loss to LSU. He will sign with Alabama in February and be eligible to play next season.
“Of course, I wish I could’ve helped the team in that game,” Griffith said. “The kicker, Cade Foster, he had a bad night. But those are hard kicks to make, especially when it’s cold outside and they are long field goals. I was nervous watching him. I don’t know.”
Griffith has been a kicking machine at Calhoun. He booted around 65 of 80 kickoffs into the end zone this season. He has a career-long field goal of 55 yards. In the state championship, Griffith kicked four field goals, including the game-winner on Calhoun’s first offensive play from scrimmage in overtime. After Buford turned the ball over on a turnover, Calhoun coach Hal Lamb didn’t take any chances – sending in Griffith to kick a 32-yarder on first down.
“I guess Coach was confident in me,” Griffith said. “I wasn’t thinking about anything. I just knew I had to make the kick, so I went out there and made it. I tried not to think about how big of a kick it was. I just thought about kicking an extra point, and that it was no big deal.”
Griffith has been a pretty big deal in recruiting circles, picking up early offers from Alabama and LSU, eventually deciding on the Crimson Tide last January. “I get a bunch of letters but I don’t even want to look at them,” Griffith said. “I was told Georgia was about to offer me, but then they ended up offering some kid from Florida. I mean, I didn’t really care because I didn’t want to go there anyways. I wanted to go to Alabama. I just feel like that’s the best place for me.”
Here’s what Rusty Mansell, the National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports, had to say about the state championship star:
“Adam has the strongest leg I have ever seen since I have been covering high school football. Not only can he kick it a mile, he kicks it higher than anyone I have ever covered. I think the thing that separates Adam from other kickers I have seen that are highly rated is that Adam has already shown he can perform in the clutch. Last year in the dome against Buford and this year making those two kicks in the 4th quarter were big time. I filmed Adam kicking a 60-yard FG with no tee and he made it on the first try. Adam will kick in the NFL one day if he continues the path he is on. He is a tremendous young man and very humble about his abilities.”
RELATED: Scotty Hosch, the quarterback from North Gwinnett High School, has decided to play at Harvard … Also, Justin Alabi, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end from North Gwinnett, has committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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