Nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back explains college choice

For being such a highly-rated recruit, Taj Griffin has kept an extremely low profile.

Griffin is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, according to the composite rankings.

A couple of weeks ago, the rising senior from McEachern High School decided to go ahead and reveal his college decision. There was no press conferences, no TV cameras and no table of baseball caps.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder simply announced on Twitter that he was committing to Oregon. That was it.

He also considered Clemson and UGA, among others.

Since then, Griffin has eluded the media better than would-be tacklers.

Griffin gave a rare interview to the AJC this week, addressing several topics:

  • Why Oregon?
  • Which school finished school to Oregon?
  • Why commit now?
  • Will his brother join him at Oregon?

Note: Griffin’s older brother, freshman quarterback Ty Griffin, has left Georgia Tech’s football team, a spokesperson for the ACC school has confirmed to the AJC. Could Ty join his younger brother at Oregon as a walk-on or scholarship player? Taj and Ty were pictured together at Oregon last week while on an unofficial visit … Also, after we finished taping the video, I asked Taj Griffin if he will take any other official visits next fall other than Oregon. “No, sir,” was his reply.



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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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