Oregon makes impact on Griffin and Co.

Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin

Virginia Beach (Vir.) Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin breaks down his Oregon offer and what he and his teammates plans are with the recruiting process.

As first reported by Scout.com's Michael Clark, Oregon made waves in Ocean Beach this week when they extended offers to a pair of 2015 defensive backs. Cornerback T.J. Griffin and safety Jahque Alleyne collected offers, joining teammates Jahvoni Simmons and Jaason Lewis as prospects with Ducks offers. Griffin received the good news via a text message from his coach and felt "blessed" by the offer, which was extended by outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander. But he was just as, if not more excited for his teammate.

"The first thing I thought was this is Jahque's dream school, so I knew he was happy about it," Griffin said. "I was happy about it too."

A three-star prospect standing 5-foot-9, 175-pounds Griffin defines himself on his work ethic and speed. He's a two-sport athlete who also runs track and field and reported a 4.4 laser time for the 40-yard dash. He plans on pursuing both sports in college.

"Track helps you with endurance and stamina and all that stuff. That's part of working out," Griffin said. "You have to run. If you want to get faster, just like if you want to get better in football, it takes reps and more reps to get better."

Obviously, landing just one of these talented prospects would bolster the Ducks recruiting class, but they are likely in the running for a package deal. Lewis, a four-star running back, recently de-committed from UCLA in mid-May. According to Griffin both of them are committed to seeing the process through with Alleyne because of the bonds they've developed on the gridiron since middle school.

"It means a lot," Griffin said of the bond he has with his teammates. "Playing with teammates you've known forever, having fun with them…I mean if you have the chance to play with them at the next level why wouldn't you do that when you've all developed a bond each year and it's gotten stronger and stronger? And if you were going to go far away, why go far away by yourself? Why not go far away with people you know and are comfortable with?"

Alleyne, Griffin and Lewis all plan on visiting Oregon this summer. Familiar with the brand new facilities and jersey combos the Ducks are known for in recruiting circles, Griffin is eager to see it all in person.

"I haven't seen it for myself," Griffin said. "So me, Jahque and Jaason are going to go visit up there this summer and check everything out. That's a school that we're really going to apply too. We know Jahque will because it's his dream school, but we'll take those steps with him."

Griffin also plans on checking out a couple more schools over the summer.

"In the next week or two, I was going to take a visit down to Duke and I was going to finally go back to Wake Forest," Griffin said. "I went there a month or two ago."

The visit included a ceremony which saw the players don their uniform numbers and take part in a mock post game interview session while cheerleaders, band members and the school mascot observed. The experience made Griffin feel like an NFL player.

"I was shocked" he said. "I would've never thought of that."

Griffin is devoting a large portion of his summer to training and improving his game for his senior season. He is dedicated to capping off his final season in the right way and won't let recruiting or anything else become a distraction.

"I'm just trying to win a state championship before I leave and go to college," Griffin said. "I don't let that get in the way of anything."

Before he gets a crack at a title though, he plans on announcing where he'll go to school.

"I've decided that I'm going to make my commitment right before playoffs," Griffin said. "That's what we've all decided."

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