Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Griffin, Davis like what they see from A&M
By Sam Khan Jr.
DEER PARK, Texas -- Back on Oct. 20, Rosenberg Terry teammates Derrick Griffin and Victor Davis were all smiles as they sat at Kyle Field.
The two Texas A&M commitments were among dozens of recruits in College Station, Texas, that day to watch the Aggies host LSU. Since that time, both have returned their focus to their high school team, helping the Rangers get to the Texas Class 4A Division II playoffs.
Tight end prospect Derrick Griffin says he 'more solid' in his commitment to Texas A&M.
During a season in which Terry suffered injuries at multiple key positions, the Rangers have endured and Griffin, Davis and co., won their first-round playoff game Thursday, defeating Baytown Goose Creek Memorial 47-35 at Deer Park High School's Abshier Stadium.
While the two have been focused on their team, they've also kept an eye on the Aggies' success and both have been impressed by what A&M has accomplished.
Griffin, the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect and the No. 25 player in the ESPN 150, said the Aggies' success has impacted his feelings about Texas A&M. In recent months, Griffin has maintained that he is keeping his options open while remaining committed to the Aggies but now Griffin said his commitment is stronger after seeing what he has seen.
"I feel a lot more solid," Griffin said. "I feel real good with them."
The 6-foot-6, 228-pound Griffin said he liked what he saw from the Aggies when they upset then-No. 1 Alabama.
"That was an amazing thing," Griffin said. "The quarterback [Johnny Manziel] came out and did his thing. [Ryan] Swope, too. It was a good game."
He said he still is hearing from Alabama and LSU, the other schools he was considering. But the Aggies made a significant statement.
"I was waiting to see how they did against Alabama," Griffin said. "Shoot, that's all I needed to see. Johnny's throwing the ball, doing what I like the most."
Davis, a four-star safety who is ranked 17th at his position nationally, also liked what he saw.
"I loved it," Davis said. "I was happy A&M won because I just can't wait until I get up there and do my thing."
The 6-1, 188-pound prospect said he has been impressed by the Aggies overall success this season.
"They've done an amazing job," Davis said. "They just lost to two of the toughest teams. It's just great."
Both said they enjoyed their experiences at Kyle Field in October as well.
"It felt real good," Davis said. "I got used to the atmosphere and it's just great."
Griffin was recently honored as an official selection for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. It was a memorable moment, and he was emotional during his jersey ceremony as he began thanking his family members.
"That meant a lot to me," Griffin said. "I came from nothing and I'm trying to do something with myself. I saw my grandma over there and I saw my momma and she's doing good. That's who I'm doing everything for, my momma and my grandma."
On Thursday, Griffin joked about trying to convince a fellow U.S. Army All-American to join him in Aggieland: No. 1 athlete Ricky Seals-Jones.
"I haven't talked to him yet but I'm going to get that Aggie thing in his head though," Griffin said with a laugh.