D1 Stock on the Rise: Central Catholic LB Xavier Griggs

(LB Xavier Griggs is freakishly athletic and ranks as one of the NW’s top overall athletes)

How good is Xavier Griggs? According to his teammates the kid is the real deal and I couldn’t agree more. The region’s top safety Dallin Leavitt just shakes his head when speaking to Xavier’s skill level. " The kids freaky, he does things that you don’t expect people to be able to do" , Leavitt says.

Recently at the UW Showcase Event Griggs (6-1 225 Sr. LB/RB) did his thing and received his second scholarship offer from Portland St after Eastern Washington had already pulled the trigger.

Xavier is ranked by NEI as one of the region’s top backers, and has a stock that just continues to rise. He showed up at our elite events during the winter and gave us a glimpse of what he was capable of, but his performance at the Showcase was the clincher in front of all the D1’s. Just looking at the kid you see a D1 body on an athlete that runs like a DB, and can play the part of a very physical backer.

In 2011 Griggs racked up 57 total tackles, 4 Ints, 4 pass deflections, and a forced fumble all while missing a month of the season due to injury. His pick six to the house against Jesuit made every highlight reel in the northwest, as Griggs is a kid that could legitimately play big time D1 ball.

There are a lot of kids within the NW that should realistically commit right away once they get a couple D1aa offers, but Xavier is not one of them. That’s not to say that PSU or E.Washington wouldn’t be great schools for him to play at, but his upside is off the charts.

Griggs was a 1st team all league LB as a junior, and will be one of the featured backs along with Leavitt on this years CC team. His ability to run the ball only speaks to his overall athleticism and what some university has to look forward to.

"Last year we got really close to getting to that title game and it was tough to come up just short, but I really like our team this year and our chances moving forward", Griggs says.

Head Coach Steve Pyne has been extremely smart instilling the "one game at a time" mindset, making sure all of his athletes keep everything in perspective.

Xavier is a quality kid and a A/B student that will find himself on a lot of recruiting boards at Pac 12 type schools. Whether or not he lands at that level will depend on a variety of different variables, but with a good season in 2012 and continued progression in the weight room there is no reason you won’t see X playing on Saturday’s at a very high level.

Xavier Griggs Highlights….http://www.hudl.com/athlete/696419/xavier-griggs

(Griggs currently holds offers from Portland St & E.Washington)