Posted: 11:59 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Nation’s No. 1 APB commits to Oregon over Clemson, Ohio St. & UGA 

By Michael Carvell

Taj Griffin gets a hug from his father, Herb Griffin (AJC)

Taj Griffin gets a hug from his father, Herb Griffin (AJC)

Taj Griffin, who is rated as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the nation, committed to Oregon on Thursday night.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder picked Oregon over Clemson, Ohio State and UGA.

“He’s one of the most explosive players in America, and (Oregon) wants to get him in space,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman told the AJC. “He’s 0 to 60 mph in a flash. He’s strong, and one of those guys that has that desire to win. He believes he’s going to win, no matter what the circumstances are. The bigger the moment and the bigger the game, he’s able to make things happen.”

Griffin was hindered by an ankle injury during junior season but still put up respectable numbers by rushing for 1,194 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games. While some college scouts have questioned Griffin’s durability, his high school coach praised his toughness.

“Taj had a high ankle sprain from the start of the season last year and probably wasn’t healthy until game 10,” Hockman said. “He played most of the season but we took him out when we’d get up a couple of touchdowns. He didn’t have a whole lot of touches last year and he still was very productive.

“We nursed him along, and cut down on his touches. We cut down on using him in the pass game a whole lot. He was done at halftime at probably seven of the 10 games during the regular season. He could’ve been a 2,000 or 2,500 yards if we had wanted to. But we have enough players where we don’t have to do that.

“You had the kid at Cedartown getting the back 30 or 40 times per game. But I’ve got other guys that need to touch the ball that aren’t too bad. Taj is our best, but there wasn’t any need to use him that way.”

Griffin has two older brothers that play college football – quarterback Ty Griffin at Georgia Tech and defensive end Tre Griffin at Georgia Southern.

The younger Griffin had an offer from Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets didn’t make his finalists. Griffin looked hard at UGA. He expressed some early concerns about too much depth at running back with the Bulldogs but later said he would welcome the competition.

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113 comments
BSNBC
BSNBC

Too little and no playing time at Georgia!

JacketMan
JacketMan

Trust me when I say this recruitment process isn't over until his LoI is signed. Oregon is a LONG way from home and there are a ton of factors still in play...I'd suggest fans be careful what they say on these blogs as recruits, and family members, read them.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Is there anybody out there? just nod if you can hear me, is there anyone at home?

POAD2014
POAD2014

350's post are disappearing faster than husbands on those housewives shows.

TampGator1
TampGator1

FYI.....over the past 5 years in bowl games:


Oregon has gone to the BSC title game once, the Rose Bowl twice, the Fiesta once, and the Alamo once.  4 BCS games in the last five years.


Georgia has gone to the Gator once, the Capitol once, the Outback once, the Liberty once, and the independence once.  No BCS bowls in the last five years.


No doubt that Oregon has been the better program over the last 5 years when compared to Georgia, and their current facilities are second to none to any program in the country.  And this kid fits perfectly into the Ducks offense.  No brainer for him.....quack, quack!


P.S.  Because I am a Gator fan first......Florida over the past 5 years has gone to the Sugar twice, the Outback once, and the Gator once, and no bowl game (last year) once.  That would be two BCS bowls in the last five years.     

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Dontre Wilson was a Duck commit and Urban flipped him. 


Same could happen here. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

Oregon is great until they get punched in the mouth. Then they fold like a tent. Just ask Stanford


We only want kids who want to be in Athens. Good luck.

SinceVince
SinceVince

UGA didnt need this Kid. We need linemen that we continue to miss out on. FIRE WILL FRIEND!

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketMan  We should be careful what we say because it's the right thing to do, whether anyone ever reads it or not.  

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  yes right and you are brilliant in the Truths you post. 350GED the most truthful poster on the Uga blogs. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

It appears the Mod has a sharper pencil today. Can I say that in here. Is this thing on?

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Tampa,

Do you honestly believe the Ducks would have played in any of those bowls if they were in the SEC West over the past 5 years? OK, maybe the Alamo, but I don't think the SEC plays in that one.

BocaBaby
BocaBaby

Ah yes, that Sugar Bowl (the bowl game which should have been awarded to UGA since they lost the SEC championship game by one play and four yards).  Don't you think UGA would have been a better match for Louisville than Florida?  What a disaster that game was. 

BocaBaby
BocaBaby

He may have gone to Oregon because he would not be playing at UGA.  Let me remind you that there is Gurley and Marshall.  And UGA just inked the #2 and #7 running backs in the nation with Michel and Chubb.  I lived in Eugene for a year.  There is nothing there but the University of Oregon. Eugene is a great place for homemade fruit pies and rose bushes but that's about all.  And please don't start comparing Autzen Stadium to Sanford Stadium.  That would truly be a joke. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Can't you see Florida football trending DOWN with Will Muschamp? He is single handedly ruining your football program and after a while Florida will be Kentucky

GTBob
GTBob

@DawginLex  A good Stanford team beat them by 6 points. That's not exactly embarrassing. Remember that great Tennessee team from last year that took UGA into OT and should have won? Oregon beat them by 45.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawginLex


Oregon is 2-2 in BCS bowls over the past 5 years, including playing Auburn very tough in the BCS National Title game.  Hardly being punched in the mouth, and Stanford has been a fairly good punch you in the mouth team over the last few years.  And Nebraska kind of punched your Dawgs in the mouth last year.....and they play in the Little Ten. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawginLex  Everyone folds, right? Except the dogs? Right? 


Hold the phone. It's Vanderbilt calling. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

It will be interesting to see how the Ducks holdup after Kelly for the current coach is playing with Chips recruits just like Kevin Sumlin at A&M. The NCAA will return to the 25 second clock in 2015 as they should. The HUNH teams will have to spend that 25 seconds getting ready for their play instead of running to LOS to prevent the defense from subbing and then using the next 25 seconds to run their play at the pace they desire. Truth is none of these so called great RB's from Ducksville have made it in the NFL.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Oh lord, this is classic. Georgia doesn't have a defense. Defense wins championships, and even if it didn't, you don't have an offense outside of Gurley and Conley. I tell you, I have never in my life seen a fan base off it's rocker more than Georgia's. I just can't come up with the words to explain my disbelief in the delusion and utter ignorance of it all.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@bigmacondawg  30-50% on playing 15 games? WTF have you been drinking in your coffee today?  You are calling out the experts on this but you swallow their crap when the say UGa is great and didn't back in to the SEC CG 2 years in a row?

Your TRUTH is a little bent.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Dawg350's momma has the parental guidance turned on, so no MTV or reality shows for the poor guy.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  wth are you talking about? Again you talk about stuff you know nothing about but think you are making some witty comment. Stop getting your comebacks from 5th graders.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd


Was 350 a bad boy with something he posted to me.....and got deleted?  Sorry I missed his temper tantrum, but it was probably brought on by yet again failing another geography test and not telling the truth about it.  When will he ever learn?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Buzz-Off You serious Clark? Yall went to OT with a team they could have probably scored close to a 100 on. Go back to rehab.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@bigmacondawg  how did Auburn do last year in the SEC with that Spread Option? i think Oregon would do just fine in the SEC.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawgGoneIt


If one bad year is trending down, I guess you are right.  But I would think those educated in statistics and analytical probabilities would beg to differ with you.....and so would I. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Delusionaldog


Be glad Vandy did not call Ohio State last year.  Oh....I forgot.....Ohio State turned off their phone until the Michigan game and the Clemson bowl game....and got some really bad news when they answered those calls. 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning Wait, HT is posting and your posts aren't getting deleted?   It's almost like you've wrongly accused him of something he isn't guilty of.   The bogeyman might be someone else, troll.

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

So you're saying CPJ can recruit ELITE athletes? That's a switch.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Were the circumstances the same? Where were the games played? Wasn't it the TN QB's and coaches 1st game played and over 2000 miles from home? Seems like the other game you are comparing to was in front of 100,000+ homefield fans. With a much more experienced team. Was the UT/UGa game the one where Marshall was injured with Gurley already on the sidelines? Seems like UGa had to play a 17 and 18 year old RBs with no college football experience and their 3rd and 4th string WRs due to injuries. How would Oregon perform minus their top 5 offensive weapons and 2000 miles from home? We'll never know will we? Only thing we are certain of is 12-1.......if you know what I mean big mouth. Maybe your team needs to go back to rehab with me!!!

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

I have never flagged anyone's post as spam. MikeBanning, can you say the same thing without lying?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@HighTechJacket99   

There's a reason that BCS rosters get 85 schollies, one or two recruits here or there means nothing, you have to recruit a decent number of elite players/recruits.