August 7, 2009

Bears offer Robert Griffin

This past week Baylor offered a talented player named Robert Griffin who is expected to come in and compete for a starting job when he arrives. For those of you that feel like you're having déjà vu or have already checked the date of this story then you're probably not the first.

Navarro junior college offensive tackle Robert Griffin was offered a scholarship by Baylor this past week and he made a trip to Waco to visit the campus over the weekend.

"I went there last Saturday for a visit. Everyone talks down Baylor, but after seeing what the program is like for myself it really impressed me. I'm really considering going to Baylor," Griffin said.

The Bears lost two starters from last year's team and will lose seniors James Barnard and J.D. Walton after this season which leaves a lot of open spots for competition over the next few years. The open depth chart and success of first round pick Jason Smith is attractive to Griffin.

"My first impression (when offered) was that they have two guys leaving so my chance of playing and getting on the field quicker coming from a junior college is higher," said Griffin. "That's when I started considering Baylor as one of my top schools right now."

The Baylor coaches have also maintained a good relationship with the big linemen even when it looked like he more that likely wouldn't qualify out of high school.

"I like the coaching staff, they didn't quit on me out of high school. My grades were really bad in high school and I respect them a lot for sticking with me and continuing to recruit me," said Griffin. "I like the offensive linemen that left last year for the draft. That made a great impression on my about Baylor."

Baylor has also offered his teammates Lawrence Rumph and Chase Harper, but even if the decide no to pick Baylor he would already know a few players on the team. Through acquaintances and meetings at Baylor Griffin has gotten to know Baylor stars Antonio Johnson, Robert Griffin, Jordan Lake, and Phil Taylor.

"I know a couple of players on the team, and they're a really young team. I'm really interested in them," Griffin said. "People look at them as one of the low teams in the Big 12, but it looks like Baylor is coming up this year."

"I know Antonio Johnson because his brother Nick Johnson goes to Navarro with me. I met Phil Taylor last weekend, and I know Lake through Antonio Johnson. Robert and I were in the same class and we met at different camps and events," Griffin said.

While Baylor playmaker Robert Griffin is a slender, fleet footed quarterback, Robert Griffin the Navarro star is a big and powerful offensive tackle. While the bigger Griffin is still powerful, he isn't quite as big as he used to be.

"I've just cut down on my eating habits. My coach said that I would move better if I lost weight, so I listened to him and I dropped my weight," Griffin said. "He wanted me to get down to 335. I came in as a freshman last year at 375, and now I'm 335."

Griffin also holds offers from Oklahoma State and Kansas, but he is very interested in playing in the SEC. He indicated that he would like to make a decision either before the season or very early into it.

"I want to play in state and close to home, but the SEC is worth it," said Griffin. "I don't know if I'm going to decide to play in the SEC or the Big 12, but Baylor popped in my head this weekend and they're in my head right now."

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