SEC football recruit trying to make positive impact on others

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University of Kentucky commit Jordan Griffin is a 3-star defensive back from Jonesboro High School whose best attribute is his selflessness. Outside of football, Griffin enjoys helping others by doing volunteering for various charities.

“I just try to make an impact in people’s lives and giving back,” Griffin told the AJC. “I do things a lot with FCA, with my church, anything with the school.”

Griffin’s selflessness stems from his faith and he actively seeks out to be a blessing in other people’s lives. Before school started last month, Griffin spent a day helping The Douglas Brothers Foundation provide clothes and schools supplies for children.

“It’s always a pleasure to see someone else smile,” he said. “Because you never know what’s going on in a person’s life.”

Kentucky gave Griffin his first offer during his sophomore year and has been the front-runner ever since. He committed to the Wildcats last year and has no intentions of changing his mind. Auburn and Ole Miss were Griffin’s runner-up schools.

“What stuck out the most was probably the coaching staff and what they have going on there as a program,” he said. “Just how hungry they are. That’s a big thing that I’ve always been taught. To just stay humble and stay after it and that’s one thing I see in their program.”

Here are a few things to know about Jordan Griffin:

1) What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? “I like to read stuff that brings out the inner life. Anything pertaining to life, it just gets me going…The last book I read… ‘The Hustler’s 10 Commandments’, but if you just look at the title you’ll think this is probably something about getting money, or drugs or things of that nature but it’s really not.”

2) Do you have any relatives that played college ball? “My brother (Jason Griffin) played at Fort Valley State University and I also have a brother (Dominic Alexander) at Middle Georgia State University. My cousin (Cameron Sutton) plays at Tennessee. My other cousin (Michael Gilmore) he’s an engineer so he at Alabama-Huntsville playing basketball.”

3) Why’d you commit so early? “They were the first to offer and I’ve known coach (Derrick) Ansley for a while. He recruited one of my cornerbacks that played with me, one of my peers Cameron Sutton. It just kind off took a toll on me. I went up there multiple times and I got a great feel for the coaching staff, fans, the school in general and kind of just fell in love with it.”

4) Who motivated you to play football? “Coming in eighth grade and ninth grade, I didn’t like football at all. I was the local basketball good player in middle school, so I wanted to play basketball. Just seeing what my brother went through… just seeing him wake up in the morning and at night and running sprints with him around the neighborhood. And just seeing him play, that made a big impact in my life and that’s why I continue to play the game of football. Just seeing how God did that for my life. Blessed me with a scholarship through him and seeing how (Jason’s) work ethic was just pushed me over the top…Without him I wouldn’t be at this point at all.”

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