The Georgia Bulldogs received commitment No. 28 this afternoon when four-star defensive line prospect Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, GA) offered his verbal pledge.
Griffin, who was down to Georgia and South Carolina, says that the plain and simple truth of the matter was he couldn’t pass up Georgia.
“I just fell in love with Georgia the first time I stepped on campus,” Griffin said. “The atmosphere there, plus the coaching staff and how they run everything, it all just made my decision that much easier.”
South Carolina made a big push over the last few months, but in the end, it was his strong relationship with Georgia, plus the chance to stay close to his family, that put the Bulldogs over the top.
“I had to think about it, so I went to church, prayed about it and talked it over with my family and coaches, and it just hit me last week that Georgia is where I wanted to go,” Griffin said. “That is where I feel most comfortable.” (Kipp Adams, “ESPN 150 DT Kelsey Griffin to UGA”, DawgNation.com, 9/21/12)
What Georgia gets in Griffin is a raw defensive line prospect with a lot of upside at the defensive tackle position—a position that will see a significant amount of attrition over the next two seasons as Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones, and Cornelius Washington all make their presumed exitss—and a kid who has a ton of character off the field.
At 6-1, 285, Griffin is still maturing into his frame and while he’s been a monster on the line for his Mill Creek High School team over the last couple seasons, he’ll see his share of growing pains once he transitions to SEC play where the offensive lineman are bigger and stronger.
That said, Griffin’s natural instincts as a run stopper and overall use of solid technique to muscle through opposing linemen make him a player worth being excited about; and certainly one that could be a major contributor within a season or two of arriving on campus.