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Griffens offer list explodes

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Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria athlete and pre-evaluation Rivals100 selection Everson Griffen has gotten national offers from all over the nation. After starting slow with a few offers here and there, the floodgates have opened and the offers have started to pour in.
"I hear from mostly everybody on the West Coast," Griffen, who is 6-foot-4 and 263 pounds, said. "Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, USC, and everywhere… I have offers right now from Oregon State, Colorado State, Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kansas State, Louisville, Oregon and Arizona State.
"UCLA, Arizona and USC are my top three teams right now. They all contact me pretty often, and I have built good relationship with the coaches at those three schools."
Griffen, though, isn't shying away from looking at nation programs also like Ohio State and Notre Dame, but it's going to be a tough battle to get him away from the Pac 10 powers.
"It doesn't matter to me where I go," he said. "I'll most likely end up playing in the Pac 10. I've been to UCLA for their spring game and I was going to make it to the Junior Day as USC, but I had prom that weekend so I wasn't be able to make it. I'll make it down some other time though.
"I'm going to go a camp with a bunch of the west coast players, and I'm going to the one day camps at Arizona, UCLA, and USC."
Griffen is one of those jumbo athletes that coaches will have to project him at. He doesn't have a natural position, even though he plays fullback and defensive end in high school.
"I see myself playing defensive end or linebacker," he said. "I just want to be on the defense somewhere. I think I'll be a defensive end because I'm strong and I have a real quick first step. Plus, I know how to read an offense when I'm going up to make the tackle."
Griffen said his time table for a decision could stretch things out quite a bit.
"I'll probably make my decision close to Signing Day or in the middle of the season," he said. "I want to take my time with my decision. If I commit and still take visits it's not really being committed if I take other visits. So I'll go see all of the schools and then make a commitment."
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