Rosenberg, Tex.—One of the top wide receiver prospects in addition to a star on the hardwood, 6-6, 220 Derrick Griffin took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers.
A longtime commitment to Texas A&M that didn't sign with the Aggies on national signing day because of questions concerning his academics, Griffin says he decided to visit Auburn to see what the campus and coaching staff was like.
"It was a lot of fun," Griffin says. "Even though I had to run down there because I had to take my ACT it was a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun with the players. I love the campus. It's a nice place. They make you feel like family.
"They are all nice coaches and nice guys," he adds. "I like how they used to play the sport there so they came back to coach. They know what they are doing. It was just fun talking to them and getting to know them first."
Spending time with fellow Texas Nosa Eguae while on his visit, Griffin says it was nice to get his point of view on Auburn because he knows where Griffin is coming from.
"Nosa is who I hung out with most of the night," Griffin says. "It was a lot of fun. They just treat you like family. He's from D-Town so that was a nice move."
Someone else who the big receiver has been talking with about the Tigers is four-star quarterback signee Jeremy Johnson from Carver High in Montgomery. The two got to know each other at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio and Griffin says he's getting an earful from Johnson about Auburn.
"It was fun at the all-american game just to get to chill with him and get to know him. He's a really nice dude. I have been texting him. He's working on me."
With questions about his academics at the moment it appears that both Auburn and Texas A&M are taking a wait and see approach with Griffin. He says both continue to show a lot of interest in him however and he's just playing things by ear.
"I don't know yet what I'm going to do," Griffin says. "I'm just taking my time. It will be soon though. You will find out. Auburn is in the picture."
Griffin says that if he doesn't qualify that he'll go the junior college route to try to get back on the Division I level in two years.
As a senior Griffin caught 36 passes for 592 yards with 14 going for touchdowns. As a junior his numbers were similar with 37 receptions for 557 yards and 13 scores. In three years as a starter he caught 101 passes for 1,649 yards and 35 touchdowns.
A two-way standout, he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game as a junior on the basketball court.