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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Offer, interest motivates 2014 DL Griffin

By Mason Kelley

Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) wasn’t sure when he would land his first scholarship offer.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman thought it might take some time, but that didn’t stop the stress.

Then Washington State surprised him with a scholarship offer.

“I was really surprised,” said the junior, who recently received the offer. “I had barely been talking to Wazzu, and then my dad got a call from (Bellevue) coach Butch (Goncharoff) saying I had an offer. It was just an unreal moment.

“It was a cool thing. I’m not going to lie, I was stressing a little bit. It helped take the stress off me and just made me refocus on what I’m doing to get ready to go where I want to go.”

Since the Cougars surprised him, Griffin has been working to make sure his first offer isn’t his last. He has unofficial visits planned to Washington State and Arizona State in addition to a trip to Boise State for the program’s junior day.

Griffin, who is also receiving interest from Cal and Oregon, recently attended Washington’s junior day, so he has caught the attention of coaches throughout the Pac-12.

“It just turns up another level,” said Griffin, talking about his offer and the interest. “It makes you appreciate it, but it shows you you’re capable of this and, if you work a little harder, you can go to your dream school.”

Right now, Griffin doesn’t have a dream school. He is open to any university that is interested. After spending a day at Washington, he liked what he heard from the Huskies.

“It was a cool thing,” he said. “I wasn’t born here, so I don’t really have ties to Wazzu or UW. It was cool just to learn about the history of the school and then see it from an academic standpoint.”

Capable of playing on offense and defense, Griffin said the Huskies think he has the body type to play center or guard but, right now, he prefers to play defense.

“Honestly, I would rather play D-line,” he said. “I love D-line. I don’t hate offensive line. I’m just not as big a fan of it as I am D-line.”