According to 247Sports.com, Indiana got its first commitment for the 2013 class in Fort Wayne Homestead wide receiver Isaac Griffith. Griffith earned a scholarship offer after a one-day camp on Sunday.
More to come.
UPDATE: 3:43 p.m.: Isaac Griffith went into a one-day camp at Indiana on Sunday knowing he was there to impress one man.
Indiana quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Kevin Johns had already been to Fort Wayne Homestead to see Griffith run routes and, according to Griffith, told the 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver that he would offer him a scholarship if it was his call, but that head coach Kevin Wilson had to see Griffith personally before he would sign off. Griffith got his chance at a one-day camp on Sunday and made the most of it.
“I felt like I left everything on the table,” Griffith said. “I did everything in my power to do what I had to do. I’m always going to compete. I want to compete against the best. If I lose the rep, I’m going to get back in line and compete again.”
That’s exactly the sort of attitude Wilson wants to see in a camp setting. Not surprisingly, that led to a scholarship offer, which in turn led to Griffith’s commitment on Monday. He became the Hoosiers’ first verbal commitment in the Class of 2013, passing up on interest from Illinois and Northwestern and scholarship offers from several Mid-American Conference teams, including Ball State, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, and Toledo. Wyoming had also offered.
Griffith said the team made him feel “like family.” He already had a relationship with Fort Wayne natives Lawrence Barnett and Kenny Mullen, cornerbacks who played at Bishop Luers. That was important, but he also said he believed in Wilson to build the program, despite last year’s 1-11 finish.
“ I have the gut feeling that Coach Wilson is going to win games and win with the right guys,” Griffith said. “He said he wants the right guys in the program. He said ‘That’s why we don’t have any commits right now, is because I want the right guys at my school. The school is behind us, I just gotta get the right guys on the team.’ I feel like I’m the right guy for them and they really made me feel at home.”
Griffith, the son of Manchester College coach Shannon Griffith, caught 60 passes for 1,112 yards and 22 touchdowns last season for a 10-1 team at Homestead. He said he expects to be used as a slot receiver at Indiana.
“They told me I could succeed very well in that offense,” Griffith said. “I think I’m a smart player, and I’m a coach’s son, and I think I’m pretty good at finding holes in a defense.”