Trey Griffey with his parents on Senior Night

Dr. Phillips senior WR Trey Griffey is flanked by his parents, Melissa and Ken Jr., on Senior Night. Dr. Phillips defeated Freedom for the Class 8A, Dsitrict 5 title and Trey broke DP game records for catches (13) and yards (188) in the victory. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / November 4, 2011)

Nine-year-old Tevin Griffey has been taking mental notes from his big brother Trey Griffey, the star receiver for Orlando Dr. Phillips High, who committed to Arizona on Monday.

One of the top uncommitted players in the state of Florida finally ended his search following a weekend visit to Tucson, picking the Wildcats over state rival Arizona State, where he had visited the previous weekend (Jan. 13-15).

“I feel great … it was basically just the atmosphere and I loved everything about it,” Trey Griffey said late Monday night. “It was just a great, enjoyable trip to Tucson.”

He had said all along that he wanted to announce his decision on National Signing Day, in front of friends and teammates and coaches and family in the Dr. Phillips commons. But his overwhelming urge to tell was too much. He liked Arizona. He was going to be a Wildcat.

“My parents said, ‘It’s up to you, you got to do what you want to do ... what you feel is right,' ” Griffey said. “I’m going to the University of Arizona. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Other schools in the hunt were Iowa State, Michigan State and Washington State, but he never took official visits to those schools.

Coaches had been calling a lot lately, following the breakout senior season Griffey had. Especially after being able to show off his skills during the week-long practices for the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month.

Scouts were watching. Guys like family friend Keyshawn Johnson was watching too, giving his stamp of approval while helping coach for the UA game.

Little brother Tevin was also watching ... and learning, every step of the way.

"He's always asking, 'Why you gotta call that coach and why do you have to do this,' " Trey said. "I just told him that 'you've got to stay in touch, keep people aware of what's going on with you.' "

With so many people coming at him from numerous directions, it was probably nice for the just-turned-18-year-old Trey to have young Tevin to talk to about everything. Somebody who was quizzical, yet wasn't looking for an angle.

"He’s happy I made that choice. He likes Arizona," Trey said. "He’s all about everything, wanting to know everything, taking the trips with me and all that stuff. He loved it."

Dad always says young Tevin is the best athlete in the family.

Oh yeah, don't tell All-American point guard sister Taryn about that. She's a sophomore who plays like a WNBA star. Question her ability and she might throw her DP record of nine 3-pointers from the other night in your face.

It's one big athletic family, the Griffeys.

Dad, of course, is the former Major League Baseball player and future Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who is the son of former Major League Baseball Player Ken Griffey Sr.

And the rest just keep it going, and this time, it's Trey's turn. He had an incredible breakout season as a senior, his only season at Dr. Phillips after transferring from Winter Garden West Orange High.

At West Orange as a junior, Griffey had 22 catches -- the leading receiver for the Warriors -- for 362 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.

Dr. Phillips needed a go-to receiver. Heck, the Panthers needed anybody who could play offense. Gone was the majority of the offensive production from the 2010 squad that finished as the state runner-up with a 14-1 record.

Junior running back Eric Harrell was the lone returnee who had even caught a pass in 2010, catching six of the 157 completions, accounting for 86 of the 2,545 passing yards amassed the year before.