Going into the recruiting season Ryan Griffin (6-4, 208, 4.8) from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade was considered one of the top quarterbacks in California in a year that was pretty strong at the position even for the high standards that comes from playing quarterback in the Golden State.
To date there have been eight quarterbacks from the state that have committed to colleges.
One of the setbacks for Griffin was when his former coach Ben McEnroe took the Cal Lutheran job and that let open a vacuum at his high school that hindered the recruiting process in the spring/
It was somewhat strange since Griffin has the credentials. He earned his league's Offensive Player of the Year award. In addition Griffin was named first-team all-league, first-team all-area and second-team all-CIF in 2006 after throwing for 3,358 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Some players may feel slighted and go into a shell, but not Griffin all he has done his continue his fine quarterback play from a year into a fine senior season.
With Griffin under center, Chaminade is a surprising 4-0 and much of the credit for the start goes to Griffin's play and leadership.
On the season, Griffin had thrown for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. That the signal caller has yet to throw an interception may be his most impressive stat on the year. That and of course the 4-0 start. He also has four rushing touchdowns on the season.
On the recruiting front, Griffin has received phone calls from Washington, Washington State, UCLA, Wyoming and many of the Ivy Leagues schools so another thing to like about Griffin is he's smart.
"Harvard and Brown have offered me an official visit," Griffin said. "Montana could be close to offering me, they just want to see some senior tape.
Wyoming was Griffin's game last Friday Night. UCLA, Washington and Washington State also wants some senior tape.
UCLA offensive line coach Bob Connelly told Griffin that he's definitely on their list if their current commit Nick Crissman were to back out.
Before McEnroe left Chaminade, he was advocating Griffin's talent to colleges and media alike.
In an earlier interview with McEnroe he had the following to say about his former quarterback.
"Ryan can make all the throws. He can throw the fastball, throw with touch and throw the low ball where only our guy can make the catch. He has great accuracy and placement. Probably the best thing about Ryan is he doesn't make dumb throws."