March 10, 2012

Indiana WR intrigued by WMU connections

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Fort Wayne, Ind. wide receiver Isaac Griffith is gaining traction on the recruiting trail, as a host of Big Ten schools are interested in his services at the college level following a junior season of over 1000 yards and 22 TDs at Homestead High School. Western Michigan, however, has a unique chip in the process, as Griffith's former quarterback Zach Terrell signed with the Broncos this year and will arrive on campus in the fall.

Griffith indicated that the two have known each other and played together on and off since his seventh grade year.

"He's really easy to play with," Griffith said of Terrell. "We joke about going to the same school. It would be really cool to play with him again, but that's just in the hands of the Western Michigan coaches and what they want to do with me."

WMU's coaches found Griffith when evaluating Terrell, as the 6-foot, 185 pound receiver made an impression with his route-running ability. Since then, Griffith said there has been constant contact with WMU, as he attended their junior day and multiple camps with them. Though the Broncos' staff has not yet formally offered Griffith, interest from both sides is high.

Recruiting coordinator Lou Esposito has led the way in contact with Griffith, while Ryan Cubit and former wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, who has since taken the same position at Vanderbilt, also have helped out.

Griffith feels that his route-running and explosion off the ball will be assets for him at the next level, while he would like to work on blocking technique and add weight. The biggest asset that he cited, however, is his acumen for the mental facet of the game.

"I'm a student of the game, because I'm a coaches son," Griffith said. "I feel like I have a knack for the way the game is, and a little advantage over other players."

Shannon Griffith, Isaac's father, is the head football coach at Manchester College in Manchester, Indiana. He played football at Ball State, where he later served as an assistant for eight seasons. Ball State has also offered Isaac a scholarship, along with Wyoming.

Griffith is drawing interest from a large number of Big Ten schools at this stage, particularly Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, and Northwestern, though none have offered at this stage. He is visiting Illinois today. Bowling Green, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Miami have shown interest from the MAC along with WMU, and Griffith believes one of those schools may offer shortly.

"Miami seems really close," Griffith said. "[The offensive staff] just needs to talk to [head coach Don] Treadwell about it."

Last season, Griffith was able to come to Western Michigan's campus and take in their game against Ball State, and came away impressed with numerous aspects of the school.

"I like the atmosphere on gameday, and the way they play is really fun, they run a spread style offense, and I should be able to catch a lot of passes," Griffith said. "It's a place where you can win games and have a shot at a MAC Championship every year."

While he describes himself as undecided on a major at this point, Griffith has interest in history and sports management. Putting everything he's looking for together, Griffith is still keeping his options open when it comes to his recruitment.

"It would be really exciting to get an offer from a Big Ten school, or a school such as Western Michigan, or Miami, who I know has a chance of winning the MAC at any point," Griffith said.

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