Players on the Rise: Lake Oswego WR Connor Griffin

(Connor Griffin 6-4 205 Sr. WR Looks to be one of Oregon’s top WR’s in 2012)

A kid that we really like coming in to the 2012 season is WR Connor Griffin (6-4 205 Sr.) out of Lake Oswego. We will hear a lot about Jack Anderson as he is one of the top two way threats in the state, but Griffin came on strong at the end of last season and showed that he had legit skills. Connor finished the year with 12 catches, 185 yards, and 4 Tds and helped the Lakers grab their first state title in school history.

He is an outstanding overall athlete that was also part of the basketball team that did very well. The other day at camp we got to see Griffin catching passes from All State QB Alex Matthews who also looked very good on his way to the Ivy League. Connor’s size and athletic ability are what separate him from other receivers, while we at NEI have him ranked #11 on our list of top Oregon wide outs.

The super talented Stevie Coury caught a lot of balls from Matthews, and Steven Long did his thing the remainder of most games last season. With both of those athletes gone, among a host of others, Griffin could have a breakout season and be a dominant 6-4 wide receiver. He’s the type of kid that is just going to get better with time, and his clutch performances deep in the playoffs in 2011 only speak to his potential.

Expect to see Griffin be a primary target from first year starter Justen Ruppe (5-11 175 Sr. QB). Griffin says, "Justen has looked really good and I think he will be the leader we need moving forward". Ruppe’s a system QB that will play for a NW great in Head Coach Steve Coury. Expect to see him use Griffin often as he provides a big target, and is an athlete that can out jump most DB’s.

Our athletes on the rise portion of NEI will be something very exciting. Kids like Connor are super legit, but played with a lot of other athletes that were also very talented. The Lakers went (14-0) last season and Griffin played a vital role in Lake O’s state title run. Expect to hear much more from this potential superstar who could have a breakout year and then some. Connor Griffin Highlights

( Griffin here with Jack Anderson-Right, who will be a player of the year candidate on both sides of the ball in the TRL)