Apopka tight end Henley Griffon decided to go ahead and make his college decision Friday night after the Blue Darters blasted Ocoee 66-14, and so he e-mailed a letter to Memphis assistant coach/director of player personnel Justin Crouse that he intends to be a Tiger.
"Memphis was the only one that offered me so far, but Eastern Michigan was going to offer me after Thanksgiving," said Griffon, the No. 62-ranked player in the
Central Florida Top 100. "I just felt good about the school. We looked into the school and talked to the coaching staff. They've been nice, writing letters to see how the team is doing and it seems like pretty good program.
"I talked to my parents and we discussed it and it seemed like the best school."
Crouse has been the Memphis representative assigned to Griffon (6-4, 230) and he offered him in person. The constant communication made a difference to Griffon. The Apopka standout also said he's not concerned about what might happen to the Memphis coaching staff after this season, in which the Tigers record stands at 2-7 following Saturday loss at state rival Tennessee.
It's been reported that head coach Tommy West's job isn't exactly secure at this point, but Griffon figures that since he hasn't really developed any tight relationships with the coaching staff, it won't really matter.
"I know the season isn't going as good as they had hoped. I'm kinda concerned but not really," Griffon said. "I don't really know all of the coaches as well as I want to. I'd love for all of them to stay and keep their jobs. Right now I'm just kinda new and I'm not really all that close to them yet."
UPDATE: A day after our conversation with Henley Griffon, Memphis Coach West was fired on Monday. West had some harsh, yet reality-laced words for the Memphis administration as reported by the