Jaylen Griffin Discusses His Decommitment From California

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For Jaylen Griffin, reopening his recruitment was a family decision. The 3-star linebacker from Rome, Ga. decommitted from California on June 22

“I liked Cal because of their academics,” Griffin said. “I think they’re a good academic school. They were a team I always liked when I was younger, and I just wanted to commit as soon as possible. But then, I started having discussions with my folks, and I have three other brothers that are going to play football at home, and it would be really tough on my parents to watch all of us play. So I made the decision to decommit for now and weigh my options out.”

Boston College, California, Colorado State, Louisville and Virginia Tech were listed on Twitter as schools Griffin was still considering. Griffin also tweeted a graphic, in which those schools were joined by East Carolina.

For Griffin, Virginia Tech’s coaches have done a good job relating to him. Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster and Head Coach Justin Fuente have been the two coaches from Virginia Tech who have talked to Griffin the most.

“I like the coaches and the vibe I get from them,” Griffin said. “They’re all down to earth.”

Griffin visited last week, and said he really enjoyed seeing the campus and the town.

“I liked the campus, and I met some of the guys and they were really cool,” Griffin said. “I really like Virginia Tech. I don’t know for sure if it’s where I want to go, but it’s definitely near my top, along with Cal.”

Griffin says his strength, speed and ability to recognize plays make him a solid recruit. That being said, Griffin is doing his best to improve before his senior season of high school.

“So far, I’ve been working on my tackling, especially with my pad level,” Griffin said. “I’ve been working on that all summer.”

Griffin plans on visiting Louisville in July, and wants to make a few other visits as well before making another

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