Taj Griffin (Powder Springs, GA/McEachern) is only a sophomore, but he is already emerging as one of the most coveted athletes in the Southeast.
Taj Griffin was one of the top performers at the recent Atlanta Nike SPARQ Combine.
The 5-feet-10, 175-pound running back rushed for 675 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and has had a year to remember so far in 2013.
Griffin has picked up a new offer each month, with North Carolina offering in January and UCLA offering in February.
Tuesday night, Missouri gave the Peach State back his third offer and his first from the Southeastern Conference.
“[Tigers assistant] Coach [Alex] Grinch said he knows I have a couple more years left and to keep doing what I need to do,” Griffin said. “But when I graduate just know that I have a home at Missouri.”
According to Griffin, it means a lot to him for the Tigers to offer him, and although he has yet to set foot on the Missouri campus, he already has a lot to like about the program.
“It’s my first big offer and I’m really excited about it,” Griffin said. “I really like the fact they’re SEC and there’s a great opportunity there. I like how they’re a fast offense and looking for fast scat backs.”
Griffin plans on visiting Missouri during the summer, which could prove to be pivotal for the Tigers’ chances of landing the underclassman.
“I’d like to check them out, see how everything works and see if I can see myself up there,” Griffin said.
Alabama and Georgia are also showing Griffin interest, and both programs have had him on campus this year for junior day visits. Griffin’s brother, Ty Griffin, is a 2012 Georgia Tech signee and Griffin said he would not be opposed to playing for the Yellow Jackets, too.
“I would be very interested in Georgia Tech if they were to look at me, especially with my brother going there. It’s just a really great school,” Griffin said.