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Texas Looking Good with Griffin

Under Mack Brown the Texas Longhorns have recruited their

share of two-way standouts who could potentially be elite players on either

side of the football. The class of 2012 is already giving the Texas staff some

things to think about with those same type of athletes, and one of the names

who will be in the discussion when it comes to takes in the class is Lewisville

Hebron’s Kiante Griffin. The wide receiver/cornerback prospect visited Texas

for a June camp and with a strong summer showing, he could potentially help the

Longhorns in a number of ways.
Put him at any position on the football field and there’s

a pretty good chance Griffin is going to get the job done. He had a good

sophomore season for Hebron by grabbing 11 touchdown passes and 32 total

catches for nearly 800 yards, but his 6-foot, 195-pound frame, instincts, speed

and ball skills make him a very desirable candidate to play on the defensive

side of the ball in college.

Despite being a potentially elite, lockdown cornerback

Griffin is being recruited by most schools thus far as a receiver, including by

the Texas staff. Griffin attended the Longhorns’ June 13 minicamp where he

worked out on offense with his area recruiter Bobby Kennedy.

Griffin, who said he enjoyed the visit, said the Texas

receivers coach gave him plenty of advice on what he needs to do to maximize his

value as a prospect.

“It went good,” Griffin said. “I talked to Coach Kennedy

and he really liked me. He was talking to me about my grades and things that’ll

help me up there. I didn’t get very many reps but I scored a few times, so it

went good I guess.”

While he’s a very good receiver prospect, there’s no

doubt that Griffin has a bright future on defense. His size allows him to be

physical with receivers at the line and even for a bigger corner he’s got good

hips, quick feet and elite ball skills.

Griffin said he wouldn’t mind at all playing cornerback

in college despite his experience at the position being limited to summer

7-on-7 action.

“I like it,” Griffin said. “If the coaches wanted me to

play there I’d play there. I wouldn’t argue with them about it.”

The Longhorn coaches let Griffin work out at cornerback

during the camp, but Griffin said he didn’t feel it was enough of a look for

the Texas coaches to be able to evaluate him as a prospect.

“They haven’t seen me play cornerback yet,” Griffin said.

“I played cornerback one time at the camp, but it was against a bad receiver so

you can’t even count that.”

The Texas campus is the only other campus Griffin has

seen to this point, with Oklahoma being the other. Griffin said prior to his

Texas visit that Oklahoma had the edge in his recruitment over the Longhorns

simply because he had been to Norman and he hadn’t yet been to Austin.

That appears to have changed in a big way according to

Griffin.

“Texas is way better than OU,” Griffin said. “OU,

compared to Texas, it looks older. I haven’t seen OU’s weight room or anything,

but I’ve seen the dorms and everything else and compared to Texas, Texas is

better.”

With his visits to college campuses done for the rest of

the summer, Griffin is now focused solely on helping Hebron make it back to the

playoffs after the Hawks went through a disappointing 4-6 season in 2009. Head

coach Brian Brazil had a young team last year, but Griffin said experiences like

making it to the 7-on-7 State Tournament in College Station and getting to the

championship bracket has Griffin feeling like 2010 will be very different.

“I think we’re going to do very well,” Griffin said. “We’re

already playing better than last year’s team. We’re using our speed to our

advantage, we’re smart, and so I think we’re going to have a good year.”

In addition to the summer camp visits, Griffin said he’s

put in plenty of work on his own and he’s ready to have a big season as a

junior for the Hawks.

“I’ve been working out hard,” Griffin said. “After my

workouts I’ve been going out and running routes with the quarterbacks, so I’ve

been working hard.”