For 4-star Bradenton [Fla.] IMG Academy cornerback Houston Griffith, it didn’t take long for him to realize on last weekend’s official visit to Florida State for its game against rival Miami that Tallahassee was the place he wanted to be.
In fact, he couldn’t wait to spill the news to coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff before he left town on Sunday. Present in the meeting with Griffith and Fisher were defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, tight ends coach Tim Brewster and defensive line coach Odell Haggins.
“I had Coach Fisher, Coach Kelly, Coach Brewster and Coach Haggins in the office with me. At first, they were telling me ‘we really want you,’” Griffith told Florida State DieHards. “I just smiled at them and said I wanted to tell them something. I just told them, ‘I want to be a Florida State Seminole.’ The coaches were just really happy and excited for me. They were smiling and clapping. It was a great time.”
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— Houston Griffith (@___HG3) October 8, 2017
In addition to his familiarity with the coaching staff, the atmosphere of the game against Miami and the fact that he’s close with several Seminoles players — a few of which he’s played with at IMG Academy — played a role in him ending his recruitment following just his second official visit.
“At the end of the day, it was about the people and me just being comfortable somewhere for the next three to four years,” Griffith said. “It’s just really exciting to be in that atmosphere for the Miami game and just being around some of my old teammates and being able to talk to the other guys I know up there like Marvin Wilson and Cam Akers. It was a really good experience and I enjoyed myself. The relationship I have with the staff, I just feel really comfortable with attending Florida State.”
Freshman tight end Tre McKitty was Griffith’s host on his visit this weekend. Between feedback from him, his other former teammates and the coaches, Griffith was able to get an understanding of what is expected of him as a future Seminole.
“[My former teammates] say it’s a whole lot of fun, but it’s a lot of work at the same time,” Griffith explained. “Coach Kelly told me that you have to take care of your academics first and the best players will play. It’s just about competition each and every day in practice.”
The versatility of the nation’s No. 10 cornerback prospect and the No. 61 player overall is something that has the Seminoles staff excited. What isn’t known yet is exactly where he will line up when he arrives on campus — which will be in January since he will be an early enrollee.
Regardless of where he plays, he already has lofty goals set for himself, on and off the field.
“One of my goals is to play as a freshman and to be a freshman All-American and an Academic All-American,” Griffith said. “I just want to be a part of something special and help the team in the future and contribute as a player and continue to develop my game as well, and take it to the next level.”
Along with 4-star teammate and offensive line pledge Verdis Brown, Griffith has already turned into a recruiter for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defender has his sights set on a few players — including a pair of prospects who were on campus with him as official visitors last weekend.
“I’m targeting [4-star receiver and current Nebraska commit] Josh Moore, [4-star receiver] Jaylen Waddle and [4-star defensive tackle Bobby] Tre Brown. I just told Jaylen and Tre that things aren’t going well right now, but you can’t win every game. It’s just a lesson they are learning right now and next year they will be ready to go. We are just really excited for the future.”
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