Kelsey Griffin on what went wrong with his brief commitment to UGA (UPDATED)

What happened between Kelsey Griffin and UGA?

The 4-star defensive tackle offered some insight on late Friday after his football game for Mill Creek High School.

4-star DL Kelsey Griffin (AJC)

4-star DL Kelsey Griffin (AJC)

Earlier in the day, Griffin sat with his parents in front of TV cameras and publicly committed to UGA. However, a few hours later, his coach stated to the AJC that he was not pledged to the Bulldogs.

Apparently, Griffin made a commitment that UGA was not ready or willing to accept.

“I did not affirm my commitment,” Griffin said. “For right now, that’s all I have to say. It wasn’t confirmed. It wasn’t official. So right now, I’m uncommitted.”

Why didn’t UGA accept the commitment? What was the reason? Did Griffin think he had a committable football scholarship offer from UGA and he did not? What gave Griffin or his coach the impression that he did? What caused the misunderstanding? Which side was responsible for it? How did UGA explain it to his coach on late Friday afternoon?

When asked for a clarification, Griffin said, “There are details in it, but for right now I’m going to keep it on the low until I figure it out.”

Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis was also tight-lipped about situation:

“I can’t talk about Kelsey. He’s not committed to the University of Georgia, I can tell you that right now. He’s still in the recruiting process. I’ve got to leave it at that. You’ve got to understand, it has been a whirlwind since the afternoon, and I haven’t been able to sit down with him and get everything squared away. I really don’t have anything to say about it.”

Jarvis did make it a point to commend Griffin, who appeared to be embarrassed with how the day unraveled.

UGA may get an unofficial visit from Kelsey Griffin on Saturday (AP)

UGA may get an unofficial visit from Kelsey Griffin on Saturday (AP)

“As great of a person he is, he’s even a better person,” Jarvis said with visible emotion. “He has tremendous character and leadership. He has got it all. So I could not be prouder of that young man – not only the way he plays but the way he conducts himself on a day-to-day basis. That’s the best I can say.”

“I love that boy to death, his momma, his daddy, the whole family. They are great people. Wherever he plays, he’s going to be successful.”

What’s next for Griffin? He said he had not talked to UGA on Friday. He did not rule out attending Saturday’s game between the Bulldogs and Vanderbilt on an unofficial visit.

“Georgia, South Carolina and a couple of other teams might trickle in,” Griffin said. “I’m going to start my recruiting process back up and continue with my career here first. My first priority is my team. My second priority is getting to the second level.”

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Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 22nd, 2012
2:41 am

Tough day for that kid. Sounds like he’s handled it with dignity and class. Best of luck to Kelsey – still hope to see you in red & black.

Blackoutanyone?

September 22nd, 2012
3:15 am

Classy move Richt! Where are all the Saban haters now?

Costanza

September 22nd, 2012
3:23 am

I once committed to a job but was not offered the position.

Bama 12

September 22nd, 2012
3:25 am

Now if Nick Saban did this, you Georgia homers would call him the devil. Call it what it is, the kid got “cut” by Saint Richt. Hyprocrites!

Dave

September 22nd, 2012
4:07 am

UGA can’t have that many spots left in this class anyway. Sometimes you play the recruiting game, sometimes the recruiting game plays you. Commit early and you (usually) don’t have to worry about it.

UGA Dawg91

September 22nd, 2012
5:30 am

Sounds like a numbers game to me. Must be holding a spot for others just in case. Adams/Tunsil come to mind. Maybe Kamara? Not sure who else is on the board for UGA.

Hope Griffin gets his chance to come to UGA afterall. Keep hearing that Trenton Brown is wavering toward Florida. I think UGA should ask him to decide if he is committed or not. If not, get this kid and let Brown decide if Florida is where he really wants to be.

Either way, I hope he keeps his head up and don’t give up yet.

tony

September 22nd, 2012
6:06 am

So does this mean no scholarship for Montavious Adams? This really saddens me. Why is GT not taking advantage of uga’s failured to sign these top recruits? Uga and GT need to get off their rear end and do something about these kids leaving this state……..basketball and football!

German Shepherd Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
6:19 am

Hey Saban fans,

Troll somewhere else…oh yeah, you’d need a life in order to have something better to do.

Ignoring the trolls for a moment, I do hate reading these stories during recruiting season.

I don’t know what happened here, and unlike those rushing to condemn Richt for acting like Nick “no class” Saban, known for pulling scholarships for players injured in HS, when the facts indicate that Richt has a proven track record of honoring commitments in the same situation.The way the article was written makes the situation sound like what happened to the kid from Carver a few years ago, when somebody took “his” offer and the coaches didn’t let the kid know. If that’s the case, while Richt maintains way more integrity than Saban, it would be a problem that needs rectifying…perhaps a reprimand of Garner for letting this happen a second time,

If that is indeed what has happened.

Woof woof!

German Shepherd Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
6:23 am

Tony,

What I suspect it MIGHT mean is that Adams has hinted to coaches or “secretly” committed to UGA and they need the remaining spots for this season for Kamara and Tunsill.

Emphasis is on the word MIGHT, of course. Coaches can’t comment on recruits until they sign, so I don’t expect an answer is coming imminently.

I repeat–hate this for the kid, Griffin. It’s embarrassing to call a press conference and then have to retract it. If Garner didn’t do his job communicating with the recruit, this is twice.

Hugh Jass

September 22nd, 2012
6:28 am

I didn’t know as good of a person he is, he is an even better person. There are many people who are doubly good persons. That said, commit early in the process before schools fill up on positions and scholarships.

Hugh Jass

September 22nd, 2012
6:31 am

German Shepherd, You are speculating and impugning Garner for no reason. You don’t know what happened. My best guess is they are full. You also are aware that there are NCAA rules that prevent a school from contacting any prospective players all the time. Again, commit early when the school contacts you under the rules or the school will run out of scholarships. UGA has two players who committed last year who are counting towards scholarships for this year.

The Visor Owns UGa

September 22nd, 2012
7:02 am

The kid has gotten played by Georgia no way around it. Georgia is using this kid as a fall back Prospect but first want to see if they can land Adams and the JUCO DT. I can’t speak for this kid but when a School has been pushing for a commit and then all of a sudden won’t take it that is bad bad business. Can’t speak for Griffin but I would tell the humpers to stick it.

Kelsey supporter

September 22nd, 2012
7:05 am

Here is truth: Uga has had a scholarship offer on table for over a year. KG has turned down all offers (including USC Trojans) and narrowed choices down to Uga and USCe. Uga coaches never pulled offer til after he announced. There was miscommunication between CTG, RG, and BMc. This young man is a class act and has handled this without pointing fingers. He did not decommit but rather had his offer pulled for now . He still has Uga high on his list if they offer him again but he has to look at other schools now. He is not a thug nor or his grades a problem. He is a wonderful young man and team player.

Jacket Man

September 22nd, 2012
7:22 am

Maybe I’m missing something here, but if I read the original story correctly, it said he had been a silent commitment before his announced one. If, indeed, this was the case, one would think, logically, if there were any problems, they would have been identified BEFORE he decided to go public, wouldn’t you?

This tells me either: there was miscommunication from the player to UGA, about his intention to commit; miscommunication from UGA, that they were willing/able to take him as a commit; or UGA changed their mind between the time he committed, and UGA accepted, right after he formally announced his commitment.

What ever the reason, I feel for the young man and wish him the very best.

BILLY JACK

September 22nd, 2012
7:26 am

Rodney Garner screwed this up again-worst recruiting coordinator in America-UGA has 3 or 4 national titles during the Richt era if not for this lazy turd turning recruits off.He calls it thug love and all recruits hate it.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

September 22nd, 2012
7:29 am

Griffin will sign with the Dawgs on NSD. No worries.

Game Changer

September 22nd, 2012
7:40 am

The kid made a big mistake no speaking with richt prior to a commit –

Game Changer

September 22nd, 2012
7:45 am

The process must be corrected in some areas, commit early and school disenfranchises many, commit late and the once offer is no longer valid.

Bitter troll

September 22nd, 2012
7:52 am

I made a commitment once to BREAK it off in my EX wife

—Thay never panned out well either—–hhahahahahahah

Bitter spoiled recruit

September 22nd, 2012
7:56 am

This simple implies that the postion beeee—filled—–next bitter recruit

——–snooze you—–loose

southgadawg

September 22nd, 2012
8:06 am

Something must be up here, because Kelsey doesn’t sound mad or upset with UGA. If this had happen to me on a national broadcast annoucement, I would be VERY UPSET. It may be mis-communication between Kelsey and UGA, it may not, who knows at the moment. I just know I would be emarrassed if it were my fault or UGA’s. If it was due to UGA’s fault don’t you think Kelsey would be saying so to avoid the embarrassment? I know99.9 % of you would too! There is more to this than we know.

I will say I like Kelseys character here and hope he IS a DAWG! Geogia needs more people like him as football players and as citizens

Like I said I think there is much more to this than is being told and only a few people know the story. Kelsey is one along with UGA coaches and no one is talking. Sounds funny to me why NO ONE is telling. Even Kelseys coach isn’t critical of UGA or Kelsey. Nothing odd here to you guys?

Dewnsav

September 22nd, 2012
8:07 am

no comment, no speculation until there are definitive answers…no spin zone…go dogs

OkieDawg

September 22nd, 2012
8:29 am

Not a good situation for anyone. Best of luck to a fine young man.

Dawg2k12

September 22nd, 2012
8:30 am

I’m pretty confident things will work out and he will end up at UGA. I think it’s pretty clear it means UGA has another silent commitment (or two) they feel confident about. Plus they have zero RBs, and their top 4 targets are all considering UGA.

As far as Saban goes, he would have accepted hi commitment with open arms, then when NSD gets here he would kick the kid out or talk about grey-shirting him.

The Ole Ball Coach

September 22nd, 2012
8:39 am

I hate this happened, It had to be mis-communication. The young man handled himself well as did his H.S coach. UGA coaches cannot talk about this situation again a sad situation and I hope
The young man does land at UGA .

Befuddled

September 22nd, 2012
8:39 am

Feel sorry for the kid. He made a mistake by not talking to UGA coaches before publicly committing. I had a young engineering grad commit to my company after a great interview and she told other companies she was looking at that she was committed to us. Problem was that we hired another grad student and did not hire her. It was avery a difficult situation for both parties. She had silently committed to us but we not committed to her. Good luck to Kelsey.

cdpridg

September 22nd, 2012
8:44 am

Black…unless you are in the know…keep a tight lip.

Josh Harvey-Clemons

September 22nd, 2012
8:45 am

He found out all of the “money” in the kitty was given to me.

Priceless!

September 22nd, 2012
8:47 am

“As great of a person he is, he’s even a better person,”

Seriously?

September 22nd, 2012
8:48 am

Best of luck to Kelsey no matter where he attends college. He seems to be a fine young man and I hope everything works out well for him.

Nhgamecock

September 22nd, 2012
8:53 am

Wow sad, for this kid to go public and then be rejected by Uga. I wish him luck!

Tybdawg

September 22nd, 2012
8:54 am

@Priceless exactly!

Georgia Fan

September 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

SOUNDS LIKE GRADES OR SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY ISSUES AT SCHOOL.

THE GHOST OF TONY COLE’S DRAMA/

zbulldawg

September 22nd, 2012
9:08 am

It is what it is people !! The more we win The more players want to come. Right now they are getting ready for Vandy. LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Innocent bystander

September 22nd, 2012
9:08 am

UGA had better hope this kid does not sign with SC, UF, UT or Tech; he will play out of his mind against them.

Bailbondsman

September 22nd, 2012
9:09 am

No more money in the jail fund.

Douglas

September 22nd, 2012
9:18 am

I hope this kid ends up at UGA. On the other hand, maybe he learned a lesson here: if you want to keep playing schools, eventually you are going to get played. We need as many defensive linemen on the interior and offensive linemen that we can get.

WDE

September 22nd, 2012
9:18 am

I think I’ll wait and hear what CMR has to say until I throw anyone under the bus….and it is a long time till signing day..

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
9:20 am

I find it hysterical how Bama fans act like this is similar to “Saban-like” activities. What if this kid had announced yesterday that he was going to Bama without an absolute offer from Saban? Of course, Bama fans would say, “he didn’t have a firm offer so it is OK to reject him”…..and in my opinion the Bama fans would be correct. This is EXACTLY what happened with this dude. When we beat up on Bama is when Saban leads some kid to believe he has a scholarship waiting and then slam the door at the last minute. That was not the case with this kid. Apparently UGa told him IMMEDIATELY that he needed to hold off for a little while before committing for whatever the reason. UGa should be commended for their honesty and integrity……the absolute opposite behavior we have grown accustomed to seeing with Saban and his goons.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 22nd, 2012
9:28 am

To much unknown to make an opinion but I do believe that UGA has been a bit hasty, because they had a lot of scholarships, to offer to “fringe” players. Now they are in a situation with several months to go where they only have a few (3 to 5) scholarships left and several of the best players still considering them. A critical need this year due to “attrition” and graduation is DB’s and OL. They have the numbers committed but some of the best out there are still considering UGA. There has been a sense of urgency just to get the numbers and not have the patience to wait on the best. Now they are still considering three of the best DT’s in the country but only have one or two openings at that position. Of the three Griffin is rated around #12 in the country (very good) but the other two are rated even higher. It appears that UGA is finally making head way with Montravius Adams (#1 rated) or possibly the top jr. college prospect who is also from Georgia. This is evidently the hang up. There is only room for one more DT right now but there could be another opening soon with one of their OL commits saying he now favors Florida but he has not decommitted yet. That is what they are waiting on. It’s about numbers and UGA does not want to accept a commit and later tell him they don’t have room for him. In the end there will be other decommits along the way with several months still to go. UGA is going to accept possibly two more commits at DT and Griffin will be one of them. They also want two more OL – Tunsil and Crowder and a RB – probably Kamara. They also want WR North. So that’s 6 commits and only 3 – 5 openings right now. Griffin did nothing wrong and hopefully he will still accept UGA’s scholarship after this OL decommits.

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
9:29 am

@the visor……
And is your point that UGa should be stupid when they recruit. Sounds to me like UGa was (IMMEDIATELY) up front and very honest with this kid. And would SC also wait to see if they could land Adams and/or the JUCO DT? Of course they would!!!! You are one stupid blogger who talks out of both sides of your mouth.

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

@Flo-ri-duh
I totally agree. I think UGa did recruit some marginal kids early on due to all the scholarships available and now have limited space for some great athletes. CMR doesn’t want to pull a “Saban” so they have to put Kelsey on “hold”. Interesting scenario how some of the kids who have been playing games and holding out…..now may not get the offer from their 1st choice college. If UGa has a fabulous season there will be some kids wanting to change their choice to UGa, but there will be ” no room in the Inn”.

Bama in Atlanta

September 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

I don’t know all the facts of what happened here but, for the sake of argument, let’s say he did have on offer early in the game and UGA got commits from other position players and filled their needs so they rescinded their offer.

Some of the comments I’ve read basically state “you snooze, you lose” for not committing early. If that’s the case, then we can’t really criticize players for commiting early to hold a spot before they have had a chance to visit several schools and end up flipping because they feel another school would be better for them after having the opportunity to properly evaluate them.

I’m not really sure how to fix this since it would still be an issue even if there was a rule that a college can’t make an offer until the first game of a high school senior’s season. If the rule states that there can be no “public commitments” then it just goes underground and the blogs/websites will pop up naming the “silent commits”.

Even though there’s a solution to every problem there also seems to be a problem for every solution.

slydog

September 22nd, 2012
9:43 am

lets” see: if a kid commits before or during his junior year, then most comments on here would be about how dumb it is to commit too early and not take all of your visits. SMDH. I think he committed at the perfect time, with 4-5 games of his senior season out of the way. Most folks on here would rather sweat it out and wait till Feb. 1 for DIVAS Inc., namely Bryce Brown and Crowell…lol. My opinion: Georgia should accept his commitment now while it’s on the table. Waiting on Adams and two other out of state players is taking a risk you don’t have (especially when you are arlready short scholarship players not due to probation but boneheaded personnel decisions). Take Kelsey Griffin, and make (meaning actually coaching them up, CMR) him the player you “think” Montravius Adams is because at least the kid wants to be a Bulldawg TODAY, and not “secretly.”

It's only September

September 22nd, 2012
10:01 am

No need for comments. Nobody here knows what is transpiring. Don’t place blames or make assumptions haters. You’re all clueless.

prison mike

September 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

If Nick Saban did this the kid would be relegated to prep school, juco, or god forbid Kentucky. Satan would said no go 11:59 pm. Feb. 3. Ha ha ha

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
10:13 am

Good points Bama in Atlanta. That knife cuts in several directions. I wish we would go back to the old days when we played old man football and a commitment was a commitment (by players and colleges). Also, we need to have a rule that kids can’t commit until they are at least in Middle School!!!

Blackoutanyone?

September 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

Wow… these comments are unbelievable. St Richt totally humiliates this KID and his family by pulling his scholly then failing to tell him until he commits on television and this is all you people got? What a bunch of hypocritical suck nuts. Not really surprised though. I really hope jawja makes to Atlanta…. Bama will beat that a$$ FO SHO!

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

@it’s only Sept
You are correct, we don’t know the details. Kinda sounds like Kelsey and his coach are not mad at UGa……implying there must have been an embarrassing misunderstanding. I wish Kelsey the best, he sounds like a great kid and I would love to see him play between the hedges.

Neutral

September 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

@blackout
UGa apparently told him minutes after his announcement, but your buddy west of here would have waited a year or more…..fact, total fact and you know it my friend. You are not comparing apples, but I’m sure your comments make you feel better. P.S. The rest of the SEC is laughing at your inability to see the difference between the fiasco yesterday and a typical Saban rejection.