The Maryland Terrapins have added one of the tallest football players on the east coast to their impressive list of early commitments.
"I committed to Maryland on July 2," said 6-foot-8, 252-pound defensive end/offensive tackle Jack Griffin from Enfield, Conn. "I camped at Boston College, Penn State and Maryland, but I liked Maryland the best."
Griffin, who had 40 unassisted tackles and 15 sacks as a junior, had his offer from Maryland prior to camp. However, his performance proved to the coaching staff that the big man could play defense.
"Coach Dave Sollazzo has given me the opportunity to play defensive line, which is my preference," he said. "I'm very excited about playing in the ACC, the direction of the conference and the school and in playing for coach Friedgen."
In addition to BC and Penn State, Griffin was being recruited heavily by Iowa, Virginia, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
"He'll play defensive tackle at Maryland," said his brother, Joe, who also played football at Enfield. "He showed enough quickness off the ball and he's good with leverage even though he's tall.
"The whole family is very excited by this. It's not often a kid from Enfield goes D-1 in any sport."
Griffin is already a full qualifier and is set in his decision.
"I'm done, now I can focus on my senior season," he said. "I can't wait to get started down at Maryland."