Could Adam Griffith help Alabama with kicking this year?

Alabama-bound K Adam Griffith (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Alabama-bound K Adam Griffith (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

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.”

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    AUgustaDawg

    December 12th, 2011
    8:52 pm

    RedandBlackDawg

    December 12th, 2011
    8:54 pm

    Good luck to the kid. He made his choice and that is fine.
    UGA has a pretty decent kicker coming from Cartersville next year so I think we will be alright in that area.

    GO DAWGS and GATA

    Worm

    December 12th, 2011
    8:55 pm

    Good kid….Different game without a Tee..Saw him and Rick at many Dawg games last year and the year before..Good luck.

    FL Jacket

    December 12th, 2011
    9:00 pm

    So does that mean that the current scholarship kickers at Bama are getting cut?

    Pago Pago DAWG

    December 12th, 2011
    9:02 pm

    Yea, let’s wish this kid all the luck in the world, why…so he’ll come and beat UGA some day!?

    just the truth

    December 12th, 2011
    9:10 pm

    Anybody notice how much wider the hash markers were for the high school kids. No wonder the pros seldom miss. It’s just a long extra point with no angles to deal with.

    RGB

    December 12th, 2011
    9:19 pm

    Welcome Aboard Adam! We’re glad to have you and certainly need you.

    Roll Tide!!

    slydog

    December 12th, 2011
    9:23 pm

    @just the truth

    Here is some truth: the NFL hash marks are tighter but the field is much wider. It negates your point. However, it doesn’t prevent pro kickers from missing easily make-able field goals. How do you explain a guy kicking 60-70 yard field goals in high school but can’t kick 50 yarders in college? There is no explanation other than mental.

    Brown Dog

    December 12th, 2011
    9:25 pm

    no cuts necessary, Jacket. Since Ohio State gets two coaching staffs, we thought we’d ask for another 10 scholarships.

    AJ

    December 12th, 2011
    9:27 pm

    The hash marks are wider in high school, but the goal posts are also wider. In college, the hash marks stay wide, but the goal posts are narrowed to the same width as the pros.

    Kid looks to be a great kicker. Good luck.

    bitter "dope smok-in running back"

    December 12th, 2011
    9:28 pm

    another school in calhoun—or —as we no them——DA’TRICK–”U”—-THAT THERE COACH

    ———————-HATES—UGA————so i will ask the question—WHY???

    —-is it race movitvated—does hal mummy–aka—silance of the–LAMB——-does he wear a sheet??

    ——————–or did –CMR—throw a bible at him as the defect known as da’slick rogers bugged out?

    —-or does the car–PIT—-capital of norf jaw-ger——-belive pay for play is alive and well???

    ————–this kid is the hershal of kickers and off he goes to the hated enemy!!!!

    ——————————-stinks——-yo——–just saying—————-the kid from hickville(cartersville)

    —————-likes instead of kicking field goals—-our new kicker–takes a baseball bat and hits

    ——————————–mail boxes—————–lovely f–in—–war———–aint it—-

    ———–we get dop-pie crowface and the kid who sleeps with a baseball bat————go figure

    AJ

    December 12th, 2011
    9:29 pm

    The field is not wider in the pros.

    ATL Fan

    December 12th, 2011
    9:32 pm

    Good luck Adam. Hopefully, you don’t get many opportunities against UGA.

    Blackoutanyone?

    December 12th, 2011
    9:32 pm

    Roll Tide!!!

    bitter "dope smok-in running back"

    December 12th, 2011
    9:37 pm

    back in your black whole—tollit bowl tide————–hahahahah—–trailer trash

    tenn.DAWG

    December 12th, 2011
    9:37 pm

    Lord knows bammer needed a kicker.

    Bama Melissa

    December 12th, 2011
    9:43 pm

    ROLL TIDE ADAM! CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO GET HERE! :-)

    Bryant fleenor

    December 12th, 2011
    9:47 pm

    At this point we would take a one legged kicker .rtr

    Tech dropout

    December 12th, 2011
    10:00 pm

    A players cousin and supposed agent runner gives a kid a hoodie and some sneakers and Tech gets slammed with probation… while Ohio St players get free tats for signed autographs and other sports stuff, coach doesn’t say a word when he finds out and they get two coaching staffs – one to coach the team while the other gets to go out and recruit players.

    A give a big ole FU salute to the NCAA!

    worse than bonkers

    December 12th, 2011
    10:03 pm

    Congrats to the kid. He will be welcomed in Bamaville with open arms… and may all his wide rights, lefts, and “by that much-es” be against the Dawgs.
    I wonder what happened to all those recruits we had in Athens this weekend… Or, maybe that was just a rumor.

    Moobs Johnson

    December 12th, 2011
    10:11 pm

    I don’t really care either, we didn’t want him on the Flats anyway.

    Mick Luckhurst

    December 12th, 2011
    10:14 pm

    He’s my love child.

    01HAWK

    December 12th, 2011
    10:21 pm

    ROLL TIDE ROLL………………………………..Welcome ADAM

    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.”

    Go where they are contenging for Championships and not OUTDOOR BOWEL BOWLS in TAMPA

    Mountain Dawg

    December 12th, 2011
    10:30 pm

    Dawg48

    December 12th, 2011
    10:55 pm

    Who will be bama’s new OC?

    Saban

    December 12th, 2011
    10:56 pm

    MIchigan State 55 Dawgs 3. Richt new 5 year contract. Choakdawg eats two Michigan State players after giving them the choaksign.

    Saban

    December 12th, 2011
    10:57 pm

    I will use the kicker to kick 10 fieldgoals if we ever play Georgia again. Let`s see 10 fieldgoals and 10 touchdowns. That sounds about right.

    tide roll

    December 12th, 2011
    11:09 pm

    RICHT and BOOBOO: BRANDON GREENE AND AVERY YOUNG – OFFENSIVE TACKLES, CHESTER BROWN AND JOHN ATKINS – OFFENSIVE GUARDS, DAVIN TOMLINSON – OFFENSIVE CENTER, and MIKE DAVIS AND JUSTIN TAYLOR – TAILBACKS. Ya DUMMIES!. Also, Stop parting your hair down the middle. It’s infuriating enough that you look like you don’t give a damn, but when you look that way with your hair parted down the middle, and LSU IS UP 42-10, after outscoring you 35 -0 in one half, well, it’s just too damn much to take!

    bake

    December 12th, 2011
    11:36 pm

    this is RECRUITING news…not UGA news. good grief you idiots. good luck young man and when you play the Dawgs…I hope you’re on the pine because our D is shutting you down!

    NewnanRxDawg

    December 13th, 2011
    12:16 am

    @slydog

    High school, college, and the pros all play on the same size field. Duh.
    Yes the hashes are tighter and the goalposts are tighter, but that’s it.
    O and the Numbers on the yard lines are in a different place

    Lakedawg

    December 13th, 2011
    12:17 am

    Kid is definitely a great kicker for his size, about 5′ 10″ 170 lbs.

    Marshal Morgan the Dawgs kicker from Florida has very similar stats, but about 6′ 2″ and 195 lbs. Will definitely have more power from 30 yard line.

    Congrats to both as they both got schollys to were they wanted to go to school.

    Rockmart Needs a Coach

    December 13th, 2011
    1:12 am

    UGA fans act like UGA fans, good luck Adam.

    Snoop Dawg

    December 13th, 2011
    4:14 am

    Why is Richt the Communist Propagandist offering some bozo from his native Florida instead of this talented kid from the State of Georgia?

    We need to fire Richt. What is it with this little Communist? His propaganda seems to mesmerize everyone when he don’t know a thing about coaching college football.

    How long must this BS go on?

    This kid is obviously put off because UGA didn’t offer him when it was natural to do so….

    Douglas

    December 13th, 2011
    4:18 am

    Hey Tide Roll…if it wasn’t for all the great players you get from the state of Georgia, Bama would be just an average team. So shut up and get off the board.

    Greg

    December 13th, 2011
    4:20 am

    Looks like this kid and Matshall Morgan, the one who signed with UGA, are both among the very best in the country…. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/feed/2011-05/cfb-recruiting-2012/story/dont-forget-about-kickers-and-punters-especially-these-prep-standouts

    JB

    December 13th, 2011
    6:03 am

    Big Big weekend in Athens and there is NO news to report? What in the world. Notice Bama has 22 commits on Rivals and still talking to 10 kids or so with offers. I thought the SEC put the hammer down on that crap? Are they losing 32 seniors? Don’t think so.

    Dawg Vet

    December 13th, 2011
    6:15 am

    @JB, there was no news to report. No one committed. I’m a Rivals subscriber and pretty much nothing changed with anyone that visited. Zero news. Now did some kid probably “secretly” commit? Probably. We’ll find out in January

    BigGAdawg

    December 13th, 2011
    6:21 am

    @Snoop Dawg
    December 13th, 2011
    4:14 am
    You must be as high as your chosen handle would imply. How choosing someone from another state could in any way indicate communism on CMR’s part is beyond the understanding of anyone with a brain that functions. From your writing it is clear that you also do not understand what the word “Propagandist” even means. If you can find a dictionary you should try to look it up–that should keep you busy for a few hours. YOU are henceforth forbidden to use “dawg” in any handle you post with. To think of you as a Dawg is shameful. Clinically you would be classified somewhere between moron and idiot (a couple more words you should look up). More commonly you will be classified as a Fraking Gooberhead (but only on your best day). Now, back in your hole.

    Winning With Georgia Players by Nick Saban

    December 13th, 2011
    6:39 am

    I still run this state!

    Paddy

    December 13th, 2011
    7:09 am

    Dawg Vet….you have actually given your hard earned $ to one of these scouting services? P.T. Barnum was right again!

    Special K

    December 13th, 2011
    7:12 am

    Puppy trolls out in force. Figures. Keep spewing vomit. RTR.

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    annapolisdawg

    December 13th, 2011
    8:15 am

    Best of luck to the kid. Looks like Baqma gets a great kicker as do we. We’ll see which player pans out better…

    Real Problem

    December 13th, 2011
    8:28 am

    Douglas…you are probably somewhat right about Bama being average if not for Georgia players. Here is the bad part…they have one of the two best teams in the country because THEY DO RECRUIT BORDER STATES WELL. Anyone getting the picture….any yes, Georgia needs to have more Dream Teams, not just one every once in a while. If we are LUCKY we might only have FOUR TEAMS IN THE SEC finish ahead of us in recruiting.

    Dollar Short

    December 13th, 2011
    8:29 am

    Why didn’t UGA sign this kid ? Another whiff from Richt. A top kicker right here in Georgia going to kick for Alabama.

    ComeOnMan

    December 13th, 2011
    8:30 am

    State is blessed with two great kickers this year. In addition to Griffith, we also have Austin Hardin, who kicked a 59 yard game winner last year. He is ranked No. 1 in country by ESPN, and will play in Under Armor All American Game. And he is going to Florida. Guess we don’t want home grown stars on UGA’s kicking team the next 4 years. After all, kicking game is not important!

    Well said

    December 13th, 2011
    8:31 am

    Best of luck to the young man, but I sure hope it does not turn out to be another case with Saban oversigning and this kid getting the so called, unexpected “gray shirt”. The kid is really good. Watched the championship game.

    SECIsFootball

    December 13th, 2011
    8:33 am

    Douglas…I hate to kill a good argument but the fact is, I can count 23kids this year who contributed significantly to BAMA who were from the state of GA. Warmack, Hanks and Menzie. I can count 2 who contributed in 2009 when we won the NCSNC and those are Hanks and Washington.

    There is no secret that the state of GA has great talent who Saban will make a run at. We wont get nearly as many as GA gets but we will get one or 2 you guys want and next year we may pull the top 2 players in the state who will both be top 5 in the country. If we win with that, I am ok with it. You need to get the best players and if we have 2 from GA or FL or MS or TN or whereever cool. Its not like UGA is only playing guys from the state of GA.

    DawginLex

    December 13th, 2011
    8:39 am

    Dollar Short

    December 13th, 2011
    8:29 am
    Why didn’t UGA sign this kid ? Another whiff from Richt. A top kicker right here in Georgia going to kick for Alabama.

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    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.”

    PRETTY CLEAR RIGHT???

    Zombiewoof

    December 13th, 2011
    8:41 am

    Douglas, please remind me which state(s) the likes of Stafford, AJ, Moreno, and Murray are from? Right.

    Roll Tide, Adam. Looking forward to having you at the Capstone.