Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made a big impression on a Florida safety.
Lynn Griffin of Jacksonville committed to the Yellow Jackets on Thurday, one day after Johnson offered a scholarship.
“It’s a good combination of academics and athletics,” Griffin said. “I think a degree from Georgia Tech will carry a lot of weight. And the networking will be outstanding, as far as having connections after college, in case football at the next level does not work out.”
The 6-foot, 206-pounder was committed to Southern Miss until the coaching change.Griffin picked Georgia Tech over offers from Wake Forest, Southern Miss and Troy.
Griffin felt confident about a scholarship offer since his performance at Georgia Tech’s camp last summer.
“It was the other I was waiting on,” Griffin said. “I pretty knew they were going to offer. When I left camp last summer, they told me an offer would be coming once they looked at my transcript after first semester. They wanted to check on that, rather to make an offer and then have to pull it back.”
Griffin said he has a 3.4 GPA and will major in Business at Georgia Tech. He is one of three prospects that will make official visits this weekend, along with kicker/punter Ryan Rodwell of DeLand, Fla., and lineman Adam Gotsis of Australia. (Yes, Australia … go here to read more)
Why did Griffin commit so quickly? Or why didn’t he wait until he visited Georgia Tech this weekend? “I’ve already been there five times for games, tours or camps,” Griffin said. “I’ve got family in Atlanta. I’d seen enough to know it’s the right place for me.”
Griffin is commitment No. 16 for Georgia Tech’s recruiting class. The Yellow Jackets are expected to sign 17-18 total.
UPDATE: Paul Johnson was not at Grffin’s house on Thursday night, as we were told by Griffin and originally reported. A couple of Georgia Tech assistants made the in-home visit. ANOTHER UPDATE: Griffin told the AJC that Johnson was on speaker phone while the assistant coaches were at his house.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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