July 27, 2002

Hometown star decides to be a Longhorn

The Texas defensive back class of 2003 received a big boost on Saturday when one of the state’s top overall prospects committed to Mack Brown and the Longhorns.

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Michael Griffin (right) and Marcus Griffin met with Brown and Greg Davis Saturday morning at which point Michael decided to make his commitment official.

"My parents were in there with me. It was my mom’s first time to really meet him so we talked about what they had to offer and how it’s a good family atmosphere," Michael said. "We talked for a while and I told him I was ready to commit."

The 6-1, 180-pound Griffin is being recruited primarily as a corner and he fits the mold that the Texas coaches like in their defensive backs. He has the size to match up with larger receivers and he’s athletic enough that he can potentially lock down any person he matches up with.

Griffin plays running back for Austin Bowie, where he rushed for 948 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior but he said his future will probably be on defense.

"They told me I could try other positions if I wanted to – like receiver – but cornerback is probably my best bet to get on the field early. They said I have good hands but I really don’t have the receiver skills," Michael said.

Griffin, who had more than 10 offers, was also looking at Texas A&M, Oklahoma and TCU but he said the decision to wear burnt orange became easier the more he thought about it.

"I’ve already met a lot of the guys they have committed this year like Limas Sweed and Jimmy Sutton and Brandon Foster. Erik Hardeman and I talked a while back about both of us committing to Texas. My parents sort of new I was going to do it because I’ve been talking about Texas a lot around the house. Now that it’s out of the way I can focus on my senior season and I’ll be able to keep playing in front of my friends and family."

Griffin’s commitment gives the Longhorns 12 on the year and adds to an already impressive group of defensive backs. Texas has already secured pledges from Erick Jackson, Brandon Foster and Steve Richardson and the Longhorns are still in on North Mesquite’s Tarell Brown and Billy Pittman of Cameron.

The meeting could wind up being doubly productive for the Longhorns if things fall into place. Marcus, who has yet to receive an official offer from the Texas staff, said he’s considering walking on and trying to earn a scholarship down the road.

"Right now that’s my first option," Marcus said. "They said I can probably get in and I’ll have a chance to come in and earn a scholarship if I work hard and I’m productive."

Marcus recently picked up an offer from Colorado, his first, and he said he’ll probably wait to see what options are available to him before making a final decision.

"Coach Brown said he would understand if I took a scholarship to go somewhere else," Marcus said. "At this point I’m considering walking on at Texas but they said they’ll understand if I change my mind."

Marcus, listed at 6-0 and 180, is being recruited as a safety. He’s actually a little stronger than Michael but Michael has the slight edge in speed.

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