“I’ve been humble for a long time and I just want respect,” 2023 recruit Adrian Griffin said to WV Sports Now.
Griffin, a versatile lineman that plays on both sides of the ball, just wants people to respect him. The junior from Fairfield High Preparatory School, in Fairfield, AL, received an offer from West Virginia on Wednesday. The 3-star prospect has received offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia and others.
As much as Griffin wants to earn the respect of his peers, he also wants to create his own legacy. Griffin’s brother, Tyreik, played at Alabama A&M a couple of seasons ago and Adrian was always compared to his brother. This comparison gave Griffin motivation to become better than his brother, something he always wanted to be.
“I have a deep passion because I always want to better than my brother,” he said. “He really inspired me to get better every day people use to compare me to him because they thought I would like to be just like him. But I started my own path.”
Griffin has worked his ass off to get to this point, endless days and nights of working on the game, on and off the field. To get not only a Division-I offer but a Power-5 offer, it must be a unique feeling.
“Getting a power 5 offer is an amazing experience,” Griffin said. “It really shows hard work does pay off, like long nights staying after practice to get better or watching film till I fall asleep. It just shows me that I’m on the right track and I could change my life with this opportunity.”
Griffin was recruited by WVU defensive line coach Andrew Jackson, to which the two have a great connection now. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman wants to visit Morgantown either in the spring or in the summer. Griffin just wants to join a program that will accept him as a great teammate and a culture builder.
“What I can bring to [WVU’s] program is I’m a great teammate. I will make sure I support to even go beyond for my teammates just see people around me win, I love it,” Griffin said. “I always want to see it.”
Griffin told WV Sports Now that if any kids out there want him to break down your film, hit Adrian up on Twitter. Griffin just wants to make people around him better.