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In-State Pass-Rusher Talks UGA Football Visit And Offer

February 6, 2024

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ATHENS - There’s a new UGA football target to know about in the peach state, and it’s Gainesville defender, Xavier Griffin‍.

A big-time pass-rusher with length and quickness off the snap, Griffin saw his recruitment take off last month when he earned offers from Georgia, USC, Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky, among others.

The dynamic EDGE defender has a long, promising frame at 6-foot-4 215-pounds who earned his offer from the Bulldogs back on January 19th and was back in Athens for a visit this past weekend.

“When I got the Georgia offer I was excited”, Griffin told Dawg Post.  “Getting an offer as sophomore is huge from any school but definitely getting one from UGA is a great accomplishment. I know they have one of the best coaching staffs, they’re an elite program in the country, and they produce a lot of talent into the NFL. My cousin Malaki Starks play for them as well so it’s been fun watching him excel.”

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“From my visit, I would say the coaching staff definitely stood out”. Griffin added. “There was a genuine vibe and realness with them. My mom does love the fact that it’s a short drive from home. I would say the people, the atmosphere, and definitely the legacy makes UGA special.”

As a prospect, Griffin is a playmaking defender who can beat opposing tackles with both speed and power off the edge. He’s lightning quick off the snap and lived in the backfield last season. He showed a great motor last year with the ability to fight off blocks and attack the quarterback. His size, motor, and natural ability to get into the backfield makes him a nightmare to block last year for opposing tackles.

In the end, Griffin made 52 tackles, 20 TFLs and nine sacks during the 2023 season. His stock is on the rise and he will only get better and better through the off-season. Look for him to have a giant junior season next fall as he attempts to lead the Red Elephants to a big 6A state championship.



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