A whirlwind stretch of days for Tenafly (N.J.) high athlete Nakia Griffin ended in fabulous fashion Tuesday for the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder.
Griffin received his first scholarship offer during a meeting with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, and by the time he left campus he was committed to the Scarlet Knights.
He made the decision at the end of an unofficial visit in which he toured the campus and met with academic advisors. Rutgers recruited Griffin to play tight end, but he can also play defensive end, or linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The only other school recruiting him was Temple.
Prior to the visit, Griffin told Scout.com he already had a friendship with Scarlet Knights quarterback Michael Dare of Elmwood Park (N.J.) High. The two met while attending a Rutgers camp together in June.
“We talk every so often and we have a friendly relationship,” Griffin said last week. “I always tell him Rutgers is high on my list and I could see myself going there, and ‘I’d be happy to be a teammate of yours.’ He’s real cool.
“He has an arm. He can throw that ball. I was one of his big targets and he would look at me most. He has tremendous accuracy and he can throw the ball. He ripped by glove he threw the ball so hard. I have a lot of respect for him.”