Derrick Griffin Shuns Texas A&M, Commits to Miami

By Robert White
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Four-star prospect Derrick Griffin backed out of his verbal commitment to Texas A&M and has instead signed a letter of intent with Miami.

Griffin, a highly regarded wide receiver from Texas, signed his letter of intent on Tuesday and will visit the Coral Gables campus this weekend. Griffin is expected to help out a Hurricanes outfit that was ranked just 49th in the nation in points per game last season.

“It’s a good feeling to get all the stress off your back,” Griffin said Tuesday. “It’s been real stressful. Dealing with everything has been stressful. It’s a relief.”

Football won’t be Griffin’s lone sport in Miami, as the Hurricanes want the 6-foot7, 210 pounder to also play for their basketball program.

“They’ve been talking to him in the last week,” Griffin’s uncle, Scooter McGowan said. “They were talking to him about basketball too, that they wanted him for basketball [in addition to football] and they were talking to him about bringing ‘The U’ back.”

Griffin, who committed to Texas A&M more than a year ago, has been courted by Miami for some time. He might not make much of an immediate impact for the Hurricanes, but further development and experience combined with Griffin’s great size and athleticism means he should make a serious splash not too far down the road.

The Hurricanes can only expect to build on last season’s 7-5 season (5-3 ACC) record with the addition of Griffin (No.33 on ESPN’s 2013 150 list) and fellow star recruits Stacy Coley (WR, No.47), Al-Quadin Muhammad (DE, No.58), Artie Burns (CB, No.70) and Kevin Olsen (QB, No.87).

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