Syracuse added some help along the line this week with the addition of 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end J.D. Griggs. The Piscataway, N.J. prospect selected the Orangemen over offers from Maryland, Temple, Kansas State, Hofstra and Stoney Brook.
"He verbally committed to coach Jackson this week," Griggs father, John said. "J.D. really liked talking to coach Jackson, the defensive line coach and liked what he saw with the rest of the coaching staff.
"He also likes what they are bringing to the future. He knows they were in a rebuilding phase the past two years, but looking at the other offers on the table Syracuse looked to be the best fit for him. He thinks they give him the best possible chance to come in and compete and possibly play as a freshman. Plus the academic point was big. They have the major he wants in computer design. Last, he likes the close proximity. It's only four hours away from home, so his parents can come up and watch him play."
Griggs will get a chance to potentially play as soon as he arrives at Syracuse.
"The coaches haven't discussed playing time, but if he comes in and does what he needs to he'll see the field," he said. "I know they like how he's a real athletic and physical player, the kind of kid that goes after it with his level of intensity."
Meanwhile, the two-star prospect plans to visit Syracuse in the near future.
"We're planning to go up there on August 6th for an unofficial," he said. "The visit more or less will be just to see Syracuse practice, meet with the academic counselors, coaches and tour the campus."
As for an official, Griggs is looking at two dates right now to either the West Virginia home game on October 6th or Rutgers on October 13th.