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
“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
“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
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.”