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December 4, 2013

Does Griffin have a leader?

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An argument can be made that the McEachern Indians are the most talented football team in the state of Georgia, and there is no one more talented than junior running back Taj Griffin.

The 5-foot-10, 180 pounder has made a electrifying play after electrifying play this season despite being nicked up with various injuries all year.

But with the Indians moving on to face North Gwinnett in the GHSA AAAAAA semifinals this Friday, Griffin isn't complaining.

"It has been really exciting," Griffin said of his junior season. "It has been a great season so far and we will hopefully finish it up next week in the state championship. We are just trying to continue to stay focused on a championship."

Many consider Griffin a quiet and reserved young man. That is why Griffin chooses to let his play do the talking when he is between the white lines.

"I like to set the tone with how I play more than I get verbal," he said. "Actions speak louder than words so I try and get every body fired up to play with my play."

That is exactly what happened last week as McEachern faced off against Collins Hill in the state quarterfinals last week.

With the Indians down by four points with less than a minute to play, Griffin fielded a punt at his own 15 yard line, and when that play ended, McEachern had a lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

"Man, that was a big play," Griffin said of his electrifying punt return last Friday. "It wouldn't have been possible without my teammates. It was a huge play and they did a great job blocking. When I caught the ball, the only thing going through my head was that I wanted to get to the end zone."

Plays like the one Griffin made last Friday night are why schools from all over the country covet the four-star prospect.

Despite the fact that he has held multiple offers for sometime now, Griffin claims that no school has an edge for his services at this time.

"No I don't have a leader," he said. "It is still early and I'm still not sure where or what school I want to go to. I'm still trying to figure those things out. I have a lot of schools recruiting me hard and coming through and all, but I can't even narrow it down to a top five right now."

Still there are a few teams that are mentioned most prominently with the 2015 Rivals250 standout, and Griffin likes what he has seen out of Georgia, Ohio State, and Oregon thus far.

- Georgia - "I love the atmosphere. I really like the coaching staff. I like the facilities and it is just a nice place. I feel like I could do really well there if I went there."

- Oregon - "I really like the way that they run things up there with the fact-paced offense and I feel like I fit in that system well."

- Ohio State - "It is the same thing, really, with the fact paced offense and I feel like they are doing big things up there."

Griffin doesn't plan to take any visits until after his junior season has concluded.

At that point, he knows what he will be searching for when looking for the place where he will play his college ball.

"I really want a place where I feel the most at home," Griffin said. "I want to go somewhere I would do best and would have the best opportunity to be successful."

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