- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) is so popular right now that he should run for class president. He would be a shoo-in, were all the visiting college coaches given a chance to vote in the Mill Creek primary.
“South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida State came by this week, and Oklahoma is supposed to coming next week,” Griffin told DawgNation this weekend. “So yeah, it’s been pretty busy.”
Griffin is so highly coveted that Georgia sent the top dog himself.
“Mark Richt actually came by,” Griffin said. “I got to talk to him a little bit later, but I had met him plenty of times before. It wasn’t a big conversation. He just told me a little bit about junior day and that was really about it.”
The endless attention doesn’t bother the 6-foot-1, 285-pound standout.
“I am happy the schools are coming to see me,” Griffin said. “It is a big privilege to have Mark Richt come to my school to see me. It is a blessing. I think he is a great man, football wise and as a person. He has always been great to me.”
Having made multiple trips to Georgia, Griffin is familiar with several coaches besides Richt.
“I also know Coach [Bryan] McClendon, Coach [Rodney] Garner and Coach [Todd] Grantham, the defensive coordinator,” Griffin said. “I have met him a couple times.”
Grantham’s fiery nature appeals to the ESPNU 150 Watch List member.
“I need somebody to push me and make me better,” Griffin said. “I mean, I don’t need a soft coach who will just let me slide on the stuff I am messing up on. I need someone who can coach me up to help me get to the next level, or to get better as a person. Everybody needs someone to push them and having coaches that push you is always the next step to getting better.
“There are a lot of things I can do better -- I am not perfect,” Griffin said. “I know anything they have to offer me or tell me or that I could catch on the way will help me.”
The Georgia coaching staff is holding a junior on Jan. 28 and Griffin is unsure if he will be able to attend. He says he “probably will make it” but won’t know until later in the week. If he doesn’t, the Bulldogs will not be the only ones that to have missed him recently.
“I was heading up to Auburn today but the rain just got so bad that I didn’t want to put my family in those outgoing waves of water. So we just turned around and came back home,” Griffin said. “There will be plenty of other times to visit.”
In the meantime, Griffin can just sit back and watch all the coaches come to him.