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Could Griffin follow in Gilbert’s footsteps?

by John Helsley Published: January 26, 2011
Excitement abound for OSU fans
Excitement abound for OSU fans

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With 26 current commitments, OSU has done most of the hard work for this year’s signing class with the coaching staff trying to cement their current commitments and beginning to turn their eyes toward the Class of 2012. With signing day approaching, I will finish taking a closer look at this group of future Cowboys:

Jonovan Griffin, McKinney (Texas) Boyd

Position: Athlete (likely cornerback)

Ht, Wt: 5-11, 162

Vitals (via Rivals.com): 4.35 in 40-yard dash (reported), 4.26 shuttle, 32 inch vertical

Picked OSU over… UTEP, Texas Tech, SMU, Memphis, Wyoming and others

Pros: Very talented athlete. Has excellent acceleration and ability to cut. The open field ability he displayed in high school could make him a solid cover corner based on the fluidity of his hips in the open field. His highlight video reminds me of Justin Gilbert’s high school highlight reel.

Cons: Inexperience. As a star quarterback on his high school squad, Griffin didn’t play defense during his senior year. Will probably take a while to get used to playing cornerback at the Big 12 level.

Expect an impact in… 2012. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him play as a true freshman because he has excellent athletic ability but there will definitely be a transition phase for him to get used to playing cornerback at a high level so a redshirt season could be in order.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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