Posted: 12:36 pm Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Taj Griffin: Oregon commit suffers knee injury 

By Michael Carvell

There’s some positive news about this weekend’s scary-looking knee injury to Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back.

The McEachern High School standout injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on punt coverage in one of the final plays of 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in a thrilling Corky Kell Classic game that ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

There were some initial fears that Griffin, who committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA, might’ve experienced some type of damage to his knee that would threaten the rest of his senior season of high school football.

However, Griffin’s father told the AJC on Sunday that he had reasons to be optimistic about the situation.

“I really think it’s a light sprain of his knee,” Herb Griffin said. “I really don’t think it’s anything major, based on the way the evaluation went last night with the physical therapist. We’re going to get an MRI as a precaution on Monday, and go from there.

“The good news is that next week we have a bye week so he’ll have some time to rest it. We’re actually heading out to Oregon this weekend for his official visit. We have two weeks to get ready for the Buford game. I don’t know if he’ll make it back by the Buford game, depending on what the MRI says. But I anticipate him playing against Lovejoy in three weeks. I’ll be surprised if he’s not playing back in the Lovejoy game.”

The story continues below this video. In the interview taped a few day ago, Griffin opens up about how big of a deal it was to him that Oregon signed his brother, former Georgia Tech quarterback Ty Griffin, to a football scholarship this summer.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2418610043001?bctid=3743117644001

Up until the injury, Griffin was living up to the hype: He had three touchdowns in the first quarter against North Gwinnett, and finished the game with 138 yards rushing. The injury was scary, especially after Griffin was hindered for most of last year’s regular season with an ankle injury.

“He’s concerned,” his father said. “Anytime you’re talking about a knee with running back or any football player, especially one that relies on his explosiveness and quickness like he does … any tweak of the knee is a thing of concern for him. I told him last night ‘Listen, calm down. This is part of football. You’re going to tweak things. As long as you’re not tearing or blowing something out, it’s all good.’ I think it’s more of that than anything. If does anything to his knee, he gets a little nervous.”

Some fans were complaining that Griffin’s injury was related to him playing in a game that ended around 1:40 a.m. Sunday because the other Classic games earlier in the day either ran late or went into overtime.

“No, it wasn’t an issue,” his father said. “Yes, it was kind of ridiculous how late we were playing, but the time was not a factor at all. To me, that’s silly. He was well rested. I don’t contribute the injury to him playing late. That’s part of every player’s career, whether it’s high school, college or the NFL – you’re going to get late games. That was absolutely not a contributing factor.”

Griffin is rated as a 5-star by 247sports.com. In the 247sports.com composite rankings (which combines the four recruiting services), Taj is rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 6 overall prospect.

    • RELATED: Creekside High School offensive lineman Venzell Boulware committed to Tennessee over Ohio State on Saturday.

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16 comments
Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Taj or Tajs dad - in the small chance you read this or other articles about you (which I recently learned from another recruits father, happens way more than I would've thought) - here's something to remember:

Go wherever you want. Protect yourself. From injury. From sleazy hangers on. From internet trolls. From head coaches who view you as a piece of meat.

Look out for YOU.

Be wary of the "friend" that offers you a joint. Be wary of the assistant head coach who sells you on "family" while he's trying to get you to sign so it can pad his resume on his way to the better paying job.

You have a unique skill that the market is in high demand for. Cash in as early and often as you can on it without breaking the law, save and invest that money and remember that you'll play football for 15 more years at best. After that - hopefully 50 years left to enjoy your savings.

Go to the school that maximizes your ability to capitalize on YOUR market value. If that's Oregon, then you made the right choice. I want you at Uga but that's because I'm selfish. Ditto for the rest of us and our favorite schools.

Finally - if you show respect to people, from the president to the janitor - every day - you'll have a job after football for the rest of your life if you snap an ACL.

Do YOU.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Tai I know you committed to Oregon because they gave your brother a Scholarship but you are not obligated to go there also. This teams seems like a kool team but for me the important issue would be if I  enjoy living there year round. For me the most important issue for a place like Eugene Oregon or South Bend at Notre Dame , is the weather. Notre Dame get's 5 feet of snow every year with winter temperature reaching below zero.

Eugene Oregon has 9 months of cloudy skies.  Eight of those months there will be rain at least 40 to 50% of the time. So if you will like rainy cool weather , you will love Eugene. Good luck.


D-Sheets
D-Sheets

So, b/c things weren't working for his brother at GT, he asks Oregon coaches if they'll give his brother a scholarship and they did?

What things weren't working out for his brother?  School?  Playing Time?  or Both?  


Per ESPN, Ty's only offers were GT, Army and Navy.  Now he's on scholarship at Oregon? 


I haven't seen TAJ play, but he must be a can't miss prospect to have requests like this filled. 

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

I fell asleep before this one ended.

Good luck hope your Bro actually gets to play at Oregon too

keendaddy
keendaddy

Good luck Taj! Hope you stay healthy and have a great career. Go Dawgs!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Best wishes and a speedy recovery Taj, look forward to trying to find you on that fast moving Duck offense.

Columbus68
Columbus68

@Phillipdj Just about money to you huh?  If thats all hes after then the west coast or Auburn is the place to be.  Dont need that in the SEC.  Dont want players thats all about YOU.  They are selfish.  They are a cancer.  They are not a good teammate.  They cannot be counted on. They create resentment and division.  They should play golf or tennis.  


Be wary of the poster who is all about you and money.  That is NOT your main focus.  its about TEAM and EDUCATION and doing things right and making the most out of your opportunity.  Seems like Phillip does not factor in the most important things with YOU. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Phillipdj Sleazy internet trolls?........................I resemble that! Very touching phillip, got me right in the gall bladder. Good Grief.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@C-Kirk The most important thing is the uniforms and winning something.

Youmustbekidding1
Youmustbekidding1

@C-Kirk Could you make a more ridiculous comment?? Who knows if Taj ends up in Eugene, theres a ton of time left before signing day, however Oregon has been his dream school for what 8 years(??? if not, longer), he visted I believe multiple times AND committed long before his brother even decided to transfer from GT. Taj chose a school on the west coast and for legitimate reasons. I mean, the offense seems to have been made specifically for him. I know, shocker, not all kids bow down to SEC schools just because of the conference they play in. Or perhaps your a Clemson fan in which case, well, I should pity you.


And what is this nonsense you are talking about with South Bend??? It has absolutely NOTHING to do with a City 2000 miles away. People are stunned when it snows in Oregon but somehow the weather in South Bend, Indiana has to with the weather in Eugene, Oregon? And for what its worth, I would imagine a lot of people in the south find Oregon a godsend due to the low to NO humidity. And your characterization of the weather in Oregon is GREATLY EXAGGERATED. Nine months of cloudy skies??? LOL. Did you just take the traditional three months of summer and subtract them from 12?? Its not as if magically on September 1st it starts to rain. I'd say, as a native, consistent rain usually begins in December (sometimes November, but its about 50/50 and lately Novembers seem to have been mild) and ends in February, though there is typically a week a month in December, January and February that's dry or so, sometimes more (weeks or days that is). And then spring hits and like essentially everywhere else the rain is off and on but come early or mid May its clear. So from May to December the rain is not consistent at all. Hey, that's not nine months of nonstop rain like you promised... that's, why, that's five! Heck, I'll give you May or November too though that's not exactly true, but you can call it six months. And I have lived on the North coast my entire life where the rain and wind is some of its most severe in the state during the stormy season. I would consider myself an expert on the subject. Hope you enjoyed my lesson in Oregon meteorology!

But, lets say Taj does sign with UO and despises the rain, dealing with things you dislike to reach your dreams and goals is part of the growing up and maturing process, which, GASP, is part of College - Growing up! Imagine that! Who'da thunk it!!?? And (sorry, one last thing about the rain), thank goodness roofs and walls have made there way to Oregon. Its not like Eugene is a shanty town and Taj will be spending his years in Eugene (again, if he signs) in a pup tent.

Also want to address the "kool team" statement, as if there is no substance to the program. Oregon has won 10+ games the last 6 years, was one away from another in 07 (the year Dixon - the Heisman front runner essentially all season - went down with a knee injury and not only did Oregon's National title hopes go up in flames but so did many other goals), and has four trips to BCS games during that six year span, two wins - a Rose and a Fiesta (the programs second and third BCS game wins, not just big bowl game wins) and of course the trip to the BCS Title game (highest rated cable TV show of all time BTW) which was extremely close and its most pivotal play, which went against Oregon, is one of the most controversial plays in College Football history. I would agree, Oregon's a damn cool program, Its absolutely not unfair to say the coolest team in the nation, everyone copies whatever innovation(s) they introduce each season, but there is a ton of substance too (including a TON of players in the league).


Finally, you choose a weird place to try to dissuade Taj from attending UO - in an article about him suffering a potentially devastating knee injury. Very classy. Wait, that's not right. Not classy. I'm sure the family appreciates your post. I'll admit my foolishness as well, I should of just left your post be, but the ridiculousness of it all was too much to leave unattended to.


That's basically it. You'd probably have a better time convincing Taj of decommitting from his dream school by bothering him on twitter fwiw. Might want to consider that (Don't. That was a joke.). I hope you enjoy the suffocating heat and humidity were ever you may be. Its currently a beautiful 72 degrees with zero humidity where I'm at in Oregon (why am I in doors responding to this random, foolish comment? For the greater good I suppose. College Football fandom, you gotta love it!).


Have a nice day and drink lots of fluids! Gosh its probably a billion degrees where your at, hope you have AC!


And of course, to Taj, I hope for a speedy recovery and a not serious injury.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Used to have kids play that couldn't get it right if i said white or dark jersey, Duck's must have one hell of a equipment room.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Youmustbekidding1 @C-Kirk

First , take a valium, after all of that. I got that weather history from climate zone com. or Wikipedia. It says that at least half of 9 months out of the year it is cloudy and 8 of those 9 months has at least some rain.

January- 17.8 days of the month produces 6.89 inches of rain,  February - 15 day produce-5.43 inches.  March- 17.7 days - 4.99 inches,   April - 14.5 days  produce-- 3.33 inches , May - 11.7 days produce 2.73 inches , Oct -  11.4 days -- produce 3.25 inches , Nov - 17.9 days produce - 7.72 inches and in Dec -  17.9 DAYS OF THE 31 TOTAL DAYS IN THE MONTH  produce 7.83 inches of rain. That means 8 months of the 12 total in a year you will have at least 11.7 days and maybe as high as 17. 83 days of the month with rain. 46 total inches in the average year. That is a lot of rain.

The reference I was making with Notre Dame is : I wouldn't go to South Bend Indiana because it snows over 5 feet of snow every year just like I wouldn't chose Eugene Oregon because it rain too much. I didn't say it snowed in Eugene, that was only for any Recruit going to Notre Dame. I'm  sure the Recruiter never mention all those below zero degrees and snow fall in South Bend any more than the Recruiters for Oregon mention all that rain. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

That was almost as long as "War and Peace".