One of the better two-way players in the State of Washington is Griffin Shea (’16) of Tumwater High School.
Shea has lettered on varsity since his freshman season, for one of the best programs in the state. He received 2nd team All-Evergreen Conference as a sophomore, and upped that to 1st team this past season.
“To be named all-league was a great honor knowing that they’re are such great wide receivers in our league,” Shea told Northwest Elite Index. “It felt good that the coaches of the league thought that I have the skill and technique to be named one of the best in our league knowing that it is only my 2nd year playing WR.
“Coach Hinkle, our wide receiver, tight end and quarterback coach is a huge part of my understanding of the position and the Barton camps for even more help.”
The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder finished last season with 19 receptions for 557 yards and 8 TDs, rushed for 222 yards on just 10 carried and 2 more TD’s offensively, while hauling in 4 INT’s defensively.
Being highly skilled on both sides of the ball could bring a dilemma down the road, but for now Shea just wants to find a school where he can contribute to helping the team win.
Playing your role a team is the mark of a Tumwater football player, and growing as an athlete under legendary head coach Sid Otton is never a bad thing.
“Playing for Coach Otton is an experience like non-other,” Shea said. “The coaching staff he has surrounded himself with are as dedicated as he is with the game of football. Coach Otton, along with the rest of the staff, are always getting on us about being a better person and being an outstanding son to our parents, and father to our kids some day. “With Coach, it is more than just football, it is also a preparation for your future and the way you should represent yourself in your community.
“Playing for Tumwater High School is an honor. Little kids look up to us, alumni come to all of our home games, playing for Tumwater isn’t just about playing for such an amazing team, but is also about building a family that anyone who comes through the program will never forget.”
While the ultimate goal is to win a state championship, they take pride in setting an example for the youth program, and that becomes vital to the Thunderbirds sustaining long term success.
Shea has set personal goals, which include becoming a better leader, on and off the field. He also wants to be named 1st team All-State, which would result in his picture being placed along side some Tumwater greats in the halls of their stadium.
Currently Shea is hearing steadily from the likes of Montana, Montana State, Redlands, Dakota State, Portland State, George Fox, Pacific, and West Point.
Time will tell with Shea, weather it is the level or play, or position. We do know he would make a quality college football player.