Posted: 6:14 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014

Taj Griffin out for the season with knee injury (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Oregon-bound Taj Griffin with his father last year in the playoffs (AJC)

Oregon-bound Taj Griffin with his father last year in the playoffs (AJC)

  • UPDATED: Taj Griffin will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 30. “He’s ready to get it over with,” his father Herb Griffin told the AJC on Thursday. “That’s his No. 1 thing — he can’t wait to get it over with.”

Taj Griffin, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday.

The McEachern High School star injured his knee while trying to make a tackle on special teams on one of the final plays of Saturday’s 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett in Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic.

“Yes, he’s going to be out for the year,” Taj’s father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC. “The MRI came back and showed that he tore his ACL.

“But you know, he’s in positive spirits. He’s getting his mind right to go through rehab and to get his mind right for next level.

“That’s where we are right now.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Griffin had a sensational debut against North Gwinnett, rushing for three touchdowns in the first quarter. He finished the game with 137 yards rushing.

McEachern’s medical staff originally thought Griffin had a knee sprain until Monday’s MRI results confirmed a much worse diagnosis.

It was devastating news for Griffin, along with McEachern. The Indians, trying to become the first Cobb County school to win a state championship in 47 years, began this season ranked as the No. 1 team in Georgia’s largest classification before Saturday’s loss.

“It’s clearly a disappointment,” Herb Griffin said. “It’s something you don’t want to ever have happen. It’s one of those things that is part of the game. Sooner or later, if you play football, something is going to happen and you’ve got to deal with it. So we’re having to deal with it. And we’ll start rehab as soon as we can.”

Griffin committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA last spring. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon this weekend but now will delay it until after his knee surgery which will take place in the next two weeks.

Griffin’s older brother, Ty Griffin, transferred to Oregon this summer after playing quarterback at Georgia Tech last year.

Griffin is rated as a 5-star by 247sports. In the composite rankings, Griffin is listed as a 4-star and the state’s No. 6 overall prospect. His torn ACL was first reported by Score Atlanta’s Stephen Black.

23 comments
dadofseven
dadofseven

It's unfortunate. Not smart to have an invaluable weapon like him on special teams - I don't care what anybody says, that's not smart. That's a very touch injury to fully recover from in the sport of football. Godspeed to you, Taj. 

JaySly
JaySly

5 star player, playing special teams at the end of the game??  Beyond dumb.

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

Friday Night Lights the movie in real life.... How is your Brother doing at Oregon?

Hate it that you got hurt hope you get all well 


andrech3
andrech3

Would not have my franchise player on any special teams coverage. Returns are ok, just not coverage.

MajorDowning
MajorDowning

Wishing the young man all the best and speedy recovery. 


As for the trolls like @Caius quit spitting poison. I'm sure he chose the best situation for him and his family whether it was for football or academics it doesn't matter. Signing a football scholarship or Zell Miller means his folks won't have to fork over a whole lot of money for his education. Either way his parents are still proud. You Mo Ron!!!

Caius
Caius

Another example of why players should pick schools for education reasons and not football reasons.


BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

It's a danged shame for the kid..  Wish him faith & fast healing as he readies for his next career move with the Ducks..  Get well & do Well in the Pacific NW!!


(PS - Was a kiss of death to have a Cobb Co school preseason #1)

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I saw it when he got injured and my only question was - Why was he in the lineup on that play. You can blame that injury on his coach.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Wait a minute .... didn't his dad say the other night that it was just a sprain?  

MC ... didn't you write an article saying TAJ had escaped serious injury? 


Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Good luck Taj.....we're pulling for you to have a speedy and complete recovery.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Speedy recovery Taj, Oregon is beautiful so best of luck after your recovery as well.

1942MNC
1942MNC

I hate that for Taj, wishing you a speedy and full recovery.  Missing your senior season is bad but at least you will be back and ready to go for your college career. 

Dawgboy11221
Dawgboy11221

I wish a speedy recovery for this young man, Watch out for sophomore Tyler "Cadillac" Smith and junior Sam Jackson to step up for the Indians in wake of Taj's injury.

CountryFirst
CountryFirst

Best wishes to Taj for a full recovery. and Mr. Griffin you are a great Father, loved reading about your positive attitude...Dawg Nation loves our Ga. guys whether we get them or not. All the best!

Drjoe
Drjoe

Hope surgery and rehab go well for this young man.   Also hope that Oregon honors his commitment.  Wish he would have chosen the Dawgs, but I hope he is able to get his education and also reach his dream of playing college ( and further ) football.

macdaddyt
macdaddyt

@C-Kirk Couldn't disagree with you more. The coach was trying to win the game and I believe they were only down by 3 at the time he got injured. The team's best players routinely play special teams in high school - especially with the game on the line.

RobfromHiram
RobfromHiram

Dude that's what the team therapist told his dad and that's what he told the media. No way to know for sure until the MRI was done.

macdaddyt
macdaddyt

@CountryFirst I second that. I wish he would have chosen UGA, but no one can blame a kid for choosing what is best for him. Best wishes, young man. Looking forward to seeing you tearing it up in college.

WR2521713
WR2521713

@macdaddyt @C-Kirk  - @macdaddyt, unfortunately the coach has a history of making bad decisions for the sake of winning.  Yes they were down by three, but I am here to tell you that McEachern has wealth of talent from top to bottom.  None with the with the explosiveness of Taj, but when you look at the situation of a punt do I need explosiveness or tackling abilities.  This is the reason why I moved my son from McEachern to another school in the area.  The program is dead set and intent on winning and Coach Hockman understands that.  So instead of trying to build a group capable of doing that he takes the easy way out and relies on abilities to win games.  The score shouldn't have even been close given the amount of talent that team has.  Three D1's, already signed in the starting lineup.  A Sophomore QB recruited by 9 SEC programs.  A bevy of other Sophomores who have won their middle school state championship 2 years in a row.  Ridiculous to even think about putting your best player on punt.

Brainstorm
Brainstorm

@WR2521713 @macdaddyt @C-Kirk  I did not know that there was such a thing as a Middle School state championship in Georgia...do they have a playoff for this?  Or did you mean a Region title?