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October 15, 2009

Griffin ready to return to the gridiron

Things have slowed down immensely for running back Delans Griffin since committing to Texas Tech in August. While the phone calls and letters still come in on a daily basis, the Clinton (Okla.) star is much more relaxed knowing where he's going to play college football.

"It's not like it was at first when I got a phone call every three seconds," Griffin said. "I kind of want it to slow down even more because I'm verbally committed. I'm just ready for signing day."

The Red Raiders are ready to bring on the four-star prospect as well, especially running back coach Clay McGuire, who recruited Griffin to the South Plains.

"Coach McGuire is awesome," Griffin said. "He's a cool, young coach. He's fun to hang out with and easy to get along with. Overall, he's just a great guy that I'd like to have coach me as a running back and as a coach."

Griffin is excited about the opportunity to play in head coach Mike Leach's high-flying offense.

"I just think that I fit well in the Texas Tech offense because I like catching the ball as much as I like running," he said. "I like catching as a running back. At that position, I will play receiver as well."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect will get an up close glimpse of Texas Tech when officially visits the program for its 2009 home finale against Oklahoma. It will be Griffin's first time on campus.

"I'm hoping it'll be a good game," he said. "Honestly, I like both of the teams and I like seeing two good teams play each other. I just want to see how the environment is when I watch the OU/Texas Tech game."

Griffin has been sidelined with an injury over the last two games; he broke his foot in the second game of the season but played through the pain and scored four more times before heading to the bench.

"It's been very frustrating," he said. "At our game last Friday, we only got beat by one point by the number one team in the state. We missed three field goals and an extra point so we should've beat them. We can beat the number one or two team in the state. It was frustrating watching them lose that and I'm just ready to get back to helping them out."

Griffin chose Texas Tech over offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Tulsa and others.


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