Spring visits key for McGriff

Spring visits key for McGriff

D'Anfernee McGriff is coming off a visit to Auburn and he has seen numerous other campuses the last couple of months. He is looking at the schools, looking at the coaches, and trying to find the right place for him...

Where will D'Anfernee McGriff play on the next level? Many coaches see him in a different was. Some like him as a running back, some like him as a dual-threat quarterback, some like him as an H-Back, some like him as a wide receiver, and some are not sure where they like him, so they are recruiting him as an athlete.

The bottom line is, the 6-foot-2, 230 pound junior out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon is good and he has plenty of options.

"Kentucky was the first school to offer me and that came back in November," said McGriff. "From there the offers started to flow in. Nebraska, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida State, and so many others.

"It has been pretty amazing. I did not know what to think about the offers at first, I just know I am blessed."

Blessed his is.

He has schools coming at him hard trying to convince him that their school is right for him.

Auburn is one of those and he was on the Tigers' campus Saturday. It went well.

"I loved it Auburn. I felt at home on the campus and I really like the coaches a lot there. They want to use me more as a wide receiver in their offense now and I like that a lot.

"It is a great place and a school I really like."

McGriff liked Auburn enough to call it his leader before leaving the campus Saturday, but he has stepped back from that statement a few days later.

"I do not really have a leader, I was just caught in the moment. I like Auburn a lot, but I was not paying attention to what I was saying."

The Tigers are still firmly in the mix for the four-star athlete. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and South Carolina are the other schools that round out his top five in no order.

He plans to return to Auburn April 19 after visiting South Carolina for the first time on April 12.

He has visited the others in his top five at least once.

Alabama had McGriff on their campus March 1 and he liked what he saw in Tuscaloosa.

"Alabama likes those bigger backs and I think I can fit into their offense. They want me more as an H-Back and I like that. I can run the ball some, catch the ball, and it would work.

"The visit there was good and I liked the staff and their facilities. Everyone likes how they win too."

The in-state schools are charging hard for one of the finest in Florida. FSU is right down the road from his home and he has a connection to the Seminole program.

"FSU is a school I know a lot about because it is close and my uncle Tamarac Vanover played there," said McGriff. "My uncle does not push me towards FSU at all and he just tells me to keep my head clean, to focus on my grades, and that my career will be successful.

"He does not pressure me at all to go to Florida State, he just wants the best for me. He knows I like FSU like everyone else does. I like their academics, the coaches there, and how it is close."

In February, the No. 24 running back in the country on Scout took a trip to Gainesville, Fla. The Gators will run a new offense in 2014 and they'd like McGriff to be an option for them down the road.

"When I visited Florida, they showed me how they want to move me around, flex me out at receiver, and how they want to get me the ball," said McGriff. "They could see me running the ball some and catching the ball some in their offense. I liked that."

These visits are important to McGriff because he hopes to make a decision before his senior season starts.

He is trying to see all he can on these trips.

"How me and the coaches get along is real important to me. I am looking for good academics, relationships, and if it feels like family.

"I thought about waiting it out and committing late earlier, but I really want to commit late this summer. That is probably what I will do right now."

McGriff had 2.084 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns on the ground in 2013. He also had over 800 yards passing.

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