SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Winnsboro (S.C.) Fairfield Central linebacker Sedric Griffin tested off the charts at the Athens NIKE camp in May, but the attention from college coaches has been light. Until this week, that is, when a solid week of practice at th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas has allowed a sleeper to emerge.
Division I-A programs Maryland and North Carolina have been in contact with the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder and the Terps and Tar Heels could join Furman, South Carolina State and Coastal Carolina of Division I-AA.
"Practice has been going very well," Griffin said. "I'm going up against the best in the state and I have been doing very well."
At the Athens NIKE camp, Griffin tested off the charts, running a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, a 4.0 shuttle and posting a 30-inch vertical leap.
This week, Griffin has been lining up alongside Division I-A recruits Rodney Paulk (South Carolina) and Julius Wilkerson (Clemson) in the South Carolina 3-4 defensive alignment and holding his own. He has a nose for the football and makes plays.
"I'm just playing linebacker," he said.
Griffin and his teammates face the North Carolina all-stars at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College.