Court or Gridiron for Griffin?

Derrick Griffin

Derrick Griffin is one of the top athletes in the state of Texas- and probably one of the busiest. After hooping up north in Minneapolis last week, Griffin boarded a plane southbound Saturday to College Station, TX for the State 7v7 tourney, where he helped lead his squad to a 3rd-place finish out of 64 teams. What sport can we expect to see him play at the next level? and where? Find out inside.

The 6-foot-6, 214-pound wide receiver appeared a man amongst boys on the gridiron Saturday in the consolation championship at Texas A&M's Kyle Field.

As the leading scorer, Griffin was a large reason why Rosenberg Terry walked away one of the Top Three 7-on-7 teams in the massive Lone Star State.

It seemed Terry's gameplan was to lob the ball to Griffin every time, and he'd find a way to leap among defenders and pull it down.

"It's like in basketball," said Griffin. "Going after that rebound. Going up and getting the ball."

Griffin's been doing plenty of rebounding this summer, as he's been on the road almost every week competing with his AAU Team, the Houston Defenders.

He won't have much of a break between sports either. "Basketball ends in two weeks (Aug. 4), and we start football on the 11th," Griffin noted.

Even so, he said he wouldn't have it any other way. "Me and Eugene (Wright) work out every day that we aren't doing AAU. We going to do big things on the field this year," Griffin exclaimed.

Will he be doing big things on the field at the next level?

"If I stay this height, I'm playing both sports," stated Griffin. "But if I get taller, I'm going to stick to basketball."

He reports schools like USC, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are after him hardest right now (for both sports), and are all willing to let him sign as a dual-sport, if that's the route he chooses.

Of those schools, he admits he's developed the strongest relationships with the football and basketball coaching staffs at Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Arizona.

Any visits made to those schools?

"It's been hard to make visits because we've been on the road so much," Griffin explained. "I went to football camp at Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Last year, I went to Texas A&M and Texas. I liked them all. I like the facilities, the coaches."

Griffin hopes to make a couple visits this fall. Still TBD.

In the meantime, he's looking forward to his senior year, and focused on improving his dribbling and vision on the court, and his speed on the field. Recommended Stories

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