Looks Like University Of Illinois - Phifer Griffin
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I don't want to give away all my tricks, but I'll give you one watching football film trick: look at the field. If the field looks like the field that one time you went to see your cousin's son play at West Hicksville HS (population 788), chances are this recruit hasn't played against very solid competition.
And that matters. Football is a development sport, and if you have to start the development once they arrive (vs. some kid in Florida playing on select teams since he was 7 years old), it's a much longer road. I can recall offensive linemen in the past where it was the middle of their fifth season where I said "you know he's finally rounding into form". Maximizing the time where a kid is "there" is the whole thing behind college football. Get 22 kids who are "there" all at the same time and then go beat Bama.
For linemen, it also matters who you're lining up against. If you squint and get really close to your screen, you'll see Phifer Griffin (in red) near the 40 yard line. If you go past the number 40 it's one of Griffin's teammates, then the kid Griffin is blocking, then Griffin. The kid he is blocking is approximately 144 lbs.
I'm not joking. Squint and look again. It looks like he's playing against a 7th-grader. And when you're playing against 7th-graders, you're not getting the "development" you need. This does NOT mean that Griffin will never make it in college football (Tim Duncan was unranked with one major conference offer because everyone thought he was just a tall kid playing against zero competition in the Virgin Islands - and he was - yet Wake Forest took a chance and added a future NBA Hall Of Famer to their roster). Great players can come from small high schools. I'm just saying that it's much harder to read their film.
When I watch Griffin's film, I see a big kid dominating. A couple times he takes the 178 lb "defensive end" across from him and simply throws him to the ground. Those kids are pretty much helpless against a strong, agile, 295 lb offensive tackle.
Does that mean he's ready for Big Ten football? I'm skeptical. Especially given his offer lists. He did have a West Virginia offer, but that was last December when a different coaching staff was in place, so I don't think that offer was current. He did have an Air Force offer, but Air Force has no scholarship restrictions and regularly brings in classes of 50 players. So it's hard to get a read off of those. Dana Holgorson offering him at WVU in December is a data point, but so is Griffin going to Louisville's camp in June and them deciding not to offer him.
So we're left with film (where he tosses fools around, albeit tiny fools) + Illinois being the only Power Five school in pursuit. That doesn't add much to your Tom Cruise score.
BUT, we are talking about offensive line. OL is where grayshirt recruits start (Doug Kramer) and 4-star recruits bust (anyone remember Ryan Nowicki?). It's the hardest position to read. Which is why I usually default to an OL coach recruiting his "type".
And that's what this is. New OL coach Bob McClain going back to his Appalachian roots and adding an offensive lineman he likes. It's his recruiting area + his position, so this is our first peek into how he wants to build his lines.
I should also probably mention his ranking. He's in the composite top-1000 right now with a score of .8581. The closest players to that score in the last three classes: Lere Oladipo, Coran Taylor, and Kyron Cumby. That suggests a solid addition.
But... I'm just not seeing it. Gotta go with my gut on each one of these, and my gut is telling me this isn't the best fit. Which means that I always include the same sentence at the end: prove me wrong, kid.
Tom Cruises stay low on this one. I'm between 1 and 1.5, but I'll be nice.
Phifer Griffin. One and one-half Tom Cruises.