EL DORADO, Kan. – When Butler County (Kan.) Community College coach Troy Morrell said he had one of the most dominating defensive linemen in the junior college ranks, he didn't lie. Defensive tackle/strongside defensive end Paul Griffin – all 6-foot-1 and 287 pounds of him – played a key role in the Grizzlies 65-28 victory over rival Coffeyville Community College on Saturday night.
Griffin was all over the field from his defensive end spot, and it's easy to see why teams like Florida State, USC and Auburn are recruiting him. But for the former Pensacola High School prospect the recruiting process might already be over with.
"Right now, I'm kind of high on Florida State," Griffin said. "Florida State and Southern Cal – they've both offered me already. I kind of got like a little verbal commitment with Florida State, though.
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"I talk to coach Jody Allen every week, and I also talk to defensive line coach Odell Haggins. They're both good guys. I'm supposed to get out there either this fall or this summer, and if all goes to plan then that's where I'll be. If I don't hear from no other schools – well, I hear from a bunch of school all the time – but if I don't hear what I like from other schools then it will be Florida State.
"Right now Florida State, they're No. 1 on the list."
On a defense loaded with other big-time Division I prospects, Warren came into Saturday's with 35 tackles, four pass breakups and two sacks. The victory over a tough Coffeyville team gives Butler County 44 straight conference victories and the No. 1 seed in the Jayhawk Conference playoffs that start next Sunday at home.
"It started up front with on defense," Warren said about the big victory.
"All week long the coaches put it on us – the defensive line and the linebackers – to stop the run. That was the main focus of the whole game – stop the run. Once we stopped the run in the first half, they couldn't do anything else and that forced them to try and pass the ball.
"After that we got after them."
And in the end, Griffin said he was left with a great feeling of accomplishment.
"It feels good," he said. "It feels real good.
"All week long building up to this we knew it was a big game. We worked hard and knew what we had to do. So it was great for us to go out there like that and show out on offense and defense."