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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Derrick Griffin still committed, but open

By Sam Khan Jr.

ROSENBERG, Texas -- It was a busy, eventful summer for Derrick Griffin.

Traveling with the Houston Defenders, the AAU team that he has long played for -- a squad that also features highly-touted twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison -- Griffin got a chance to get some national television exposure and shined when the cameras were on him at the AAU Super Showcase.
Derrick Griffin
Derrick Griffin, the top 2013 TE prospect, remains committed to A&M but is trying to learn more about his other suitors.

Griffin, a 6-foot-6, now 228-pound dual-sport star who is ranked as the nation's no. 1 tight end and the 15th-best small forward in the country, enjoyed his summer time on the hardwood.

"It took a little bit off my shoulders, because I'm so used to doing both workouts at the same time," Griffin said Monday after his first football practice of the season with his Rosenberg (Texas) Terry teammates. "It took a lot off my shoulders. It made me want to play basketball more."

That being said, Griffin made it clear that while he'd love to play both sports, he considers himself more of a football player. As for his commitment status, there has been much speculation and discussion surrounding Griffin's verbal commitment to Texas A&M, which he made in January.

Is he committed or not?

"I'm still 75 percent (committed) to A&M," he said.

Griffin said that while A&M is still number one for him, he is listening to other schools. Among those that appeal to him aside from the Aggies are Auburn, Alabama, Baylor, LSU and Oklahoma State.

"I'm a little bit listening to other schools, listening to what they have in mind," Griffin said.

He also said he keeps in contact with Texas A&M assistant basketball coach Kyle Keller.

His primary focus this fall won't be recruiting, football or basketball, however. Griffin said that his main focus is on academics so that he can ensure that he's eligible to play at the next level.

"(It's) real important," Griffin said. "Without them grades, it's nobody. So that's what I'm working on now."

Griffin said he has simplified his life from modifying his inner circle of trusted family, friends and coaches to adjusting his social life.

"I made my circle real small now," Griffin said. "I'm focused on right now is my homework and everything. I narrowed a lot of stuff down. Going out late nights? I don't do none of that anymore."

He said he doesn't get on Facebook that much these days nor has he scheduled official visits for this fall. There's no timetable on his decision at the moment -- he could wait until as late as signing day.

The summer has been both eventful and hectic for Griffin, but he said he knows what he has to do in his senior year.

"It's been a little stressful (trying to) make a decision," he said. "But the stress for me, I'm stressing on my grades. I'm trying to do all of that at once. It's my senior year, I've got to go hard in everything I do."