Bellevue’s Marcus Griffin Lands UW Offer: By Scott Enyeart

(Marcus Griffin of Bellevue is one of the top Jr DL in the state and an absolute force inside)
(Marcus Griffin of Bellevue is one of the top Jr DL in the state and an absolute force inside)


Generally, when a committed player picks up an offer, it isn’t something all that noteworthy. However, in the case of Bellevue (Wash.) DL Marcus Griffin, there is an exception to every rule.

Griffin, the state’s No. 1 ranked defensive linemen in the class of 2014, is currently committed to the Washington State Cougars – and has been for some time now. But on Tuesday, Griffin picked up an offer from the other major program in state, and the one in his own backyard, the University of Washington.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Griffin has been a Wazzu commit since April, when he chose the Cougars over offers from Colorado State and Idaho. Since then, however, his recruitment has begun to heat up, picking up a handful of offers, including ones from multiple Pac-12 programs including Arizona, Colorado and Cal – and of course, today’s offer from the Huskies.

Griffin is taking the interest from new programs in stride. “The Washington offer is huge for me and my family and I am blessed to have the opportunity,” Griffin told NEI.

The flurry of offers hasn’t altered Griffin’s commitment, though. “Right now nothing has really changed for me. I don’t really know much about UW, besides the fact they are 10 minutes from my house,” he says.

Griffin’s stock really began to rise at the beginning of summer when he earned MVP honors at the Eugene NFTC and secured an invite to Nike’s premier event, The Opening.

Although Griffin remains solid to WSU, he acknowledges there is a chance he will still get acquainted with the programs that have offered him. “I might look at the schools that have offered me,” Griffin says. “I haven’t figured out what I will do visit-wise, but If I do take official visits they will be after the season, that’s all I know for now.”

Griffin will be one of the anchors of the Bellevue defense, a team that will be chasing it’s sixth-consecutive state championship this fall.