Nakia Griffin Is Ready For RU

Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer

May 16, 2014

By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer


Rutgers Commit TE Nakia Griffin

Rutgers Commit TE Nakia Griffin

 While other prospects are trying to lock down their college future while also preparing for their senior season, Tenafly tight end Nakia Griffin has no such concerns.  The junior committed to the Scarlet Knights back in February and is therefore able to concentrate on getting himself tuned up for his final season and the big transition to Division-I football.


"My training is going great!  I'm just working hard each and everyday.  I go to my local town gym to lift and I go to ETS for conditioning with my trainer EJ Barthel and i also do solo work at my football field like ladder drills," the 6-foot-5, 220 pound athlete told  "I added some pounds too.  I just got back to my playing weight 220 so now I'm just trying to add more.  Still, I would like to be 230."


The additional weight hasn't negatively impacted his speed so far and he believes that his speed-specific training this summer will even make him a step or two quicker with a bigger frame.  Griffin is also doing well in the weight room but he's unsure of his max since he's been lifting for reps as of late.


Griffin had interest from a handful of other schools along the way, including Maryland, Temple, and Colgate, and an offer from UConn, but he didn't hesitate when Rutgers extended him an offer.  Scarlet Knights fans need not fret about Griffin's committment to RU - he sounds 100% on coach Kyle Flood and the Scarlet Knights.  


Now that he's already in the fold, Griffin has switched gears somewhat to do some recruiting himself.  The tight end is in touch with South Brunswick High School running back Dontae Stickland and Daivon Ellison.  Both players are highly sought after (especially Strickland), but Griffin hopes that he'll be able to push the needle in RU's direction a bit.


Griffin has also formed relationships with running back commit Charles Snorweah and quarterback Michael Dare and the trio plans to take another visit to campus together "as soon as possible."  In the interim, Griffin is working out hard every day with a few simple goals in mind.


"I want to be the best leader to ever come out of Tenafly High School.  I want to do as much as I can for my team and try and win every game,"  


"But, also, I want to have fun and enjoy this last year of high school football."