Posted: 10:28 am Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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

By Michael Carvell

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 247sports.com 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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24 comments

Do professional writers proofread their work any more?

JacketMan
JacketMan

I find it somewhat curious as to why there has been no mention Ty was suspended from the Yellow Jacket football team, and this was also a factor in his decision to leave the program.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I am hearing Patrick (Natrez) will select the Dawgs on Friday. That should give the UGA fans a little bounce. He is a goodun.

JPDawg
JPDawg

Maybe he learned what not to do from Isaiah "Take me out" Crowell, who had a lengthy signing and came to UGA as the nations top RB from HS and got in trouble and sissied around the field on game day

JPDawg
JPDawg

Good for him to keep a humble approach to the recruiting nightmare and not make a huge staged production out of the matter.  Sounds a lot like a couple of good backs we have had in the past at UGA.  Hope he has a good time in Oregon. 

Adamsran
Adamsran

You hate to see a back with these skill sets leave; but let's be honest.  Georgia is LOADED at tailback.  Gurley and Marshall, two 5 stars and a 4 star coming in...   He's going to a wide open offense that can take better advantage of his skill sets.  Georgia runs a Pro Set, which is better if you believe you will be at the next level, but at UGA - he likely sits for at least a year.


You really cannot blame the kid for going somewhere else.


Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Another in-state leaves


DEMAND BETTER DOGS! 

dcole001
dcole001

Sounds like Oregon was willing to do a package deal with his brother to cement commitment. Reminds me of the Keenan Allen story at Alabama. He wanted to play with his brother who was at University of Buffalo and Saban refused to do package deal.

HotDawg
HotDawg

McEachern have a cob up their @% # for UGA?

Loaded with talent. See if their oregon and usc boys can even win state.

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

Best of luck to both young men, but we'd have loved to see 1 at Tech and 1 at UGA battling each other.

gomdawg
gomdawg

Who gives a damn , let talk football not why some players choose who and why.

Lonzie
Lonzie

Where are you getting your info? The reason nothing been said is because he was never suspended. He left for one reason and one only he wanted to pkay for a program that will use all his talents at the QB position.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  

Wet , in all due respect, why do you feel the need to make Ga fans feel better about themselves?

Let me remind you, every year they are going to win the N.C. and have no respect for the competition. You know that as good as i do.

Haven't they looked down on BAma enough?

Haven't they insulted you enough?

You don't want to be like NChump.

You know and I know that borders on sad.  

You know 10 times more football knowledge than the humps, so why

do it?


Gandolph
Gandolph

@Delusionaldog  Oh, come on.  Oregon is willing to blow a 2nd scholly on his brother who wasn't able to earn playing time in Tech's system.  Package deal all the way.  Good for the kid.

You need to get real.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg Once again a classy remark from one of UGAs finest. Curse McEachern for not sending their players to UGA!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Dawg.....are you saying because Henry is Black his family can't afford a car? Is that your take? It's fans like you that I enjoy blasting. Hell boy you have won anything since Saturday Night Fever.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Whiskey....you need to grow a little tuffer skin. I tend to ignore fans of teams that have won so little.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Study up on these legal terms:

Hearsay and Statute of Limitations....

"BELIEVE" in the G