|Mission Viejo athlete Olaijah Griffin landed his first scholarship offer from Oregon on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Griffin doubled as a play-making wide receiver and cornerback for the undefeated Diablos in 2015-16 (photo contributed).|
Olaijah Griffin of Mission Viejo High School – just three weeks removed from leading the Diablos to a perfect 16-0 mark and state championship – received the first of what could be many offers for the Class of 2018 prospect: a pledge from the University of Oregon.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Griffin announced his scholarship offer from the Ducks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, via social media.
Griffin, who is the son of hip-hop legend Warren G, intercepted four passes on defense for Mission Viejo this past season. Griffin and the Diablos blanked Bellarmine (San Jose) 24-0 on Dec. 18 to win the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I-AA title at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
Griffin has also received interest from Washington through letters.
NO DECISION YET FOR LEMOORE TWO-WAY STAR
Opposing offenses may have thrown the football away from the ball-hawking Allen Perryman of Lemoore High this past season, but that hasn’t stopped college coaches from swinging by the Kings County campus to inquire about the Class of 2016 athlete.
Perryman - who erupted on the recruiting trail following a brilliant nine interception season in 2014-15 - told Cali Gold Mine that he’s drawn late interest from UNLV, Montana, UC Davis, Wyoming and Azusa Pacific plus holds two offers from Weber State and Sacramento State, with the latter being the most recent scholarship opportunity.
Perryman managed just three interceptions in 2015-16 for the 11-3 Tigers, but scored 10 receiving touchdowns for the Lemoore offense.
The versatile 6-foot-1, 170-pound Perryman said he’s still keeping his options open during the final recruiting quarter.
“I haven't decided when I'll make my decision,” Perryman said. “I'm still waiting it out to see if I'll get any more offers coming in.”
NEARBY UNIVERSITY LIKES SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL (FRESNO) RECEIVER ON DEFENSE
Chris Paz is known for being San Joaquin Memorial’s version of “Megatron” in the 559 – proven by his size (6-foot-3, 205-pounds), physicality against cornerbacks and for snatching 57 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Panthers.
But one nearby Mountain West University is becoming interested in his defensive game.
Paz said Fresno State, which is located 12 minutes away from his high school, has coaches who like what he does on the opposite side of the ball.
“More so at strong safety/linebacker,” Paz said. “But they do like that I play multiple positions.”
Paz led the Panthers with four interceptions from his safety spot. He adds that NCAA Division II program Humboldt State is interested in him and wants Paz to take an official visit soon to the campus.
VISITS ARE LINED UP FOR ST. BONAVENTURE (VENTURA) LINEBACKER
Josh Inglis of St. Bonaventure will soon go on an NAIA and Division III tour later this January. The 6-foot, 205-pound outside linebacker has told CGM that he has visits lined up for Northwestern College (Jan. 30) and D-III Pacific University (Oregon) on Feb. 25.
Inglis, who was known as a run stuffer for the 7-4 Seraphs, said he’s blessed to have the opportunity to visit different colleges and recalled one message from a former Bonnie coach that still resonates in the 2016 prospect’s brain.
“I'll never forget the old St. Bonaventure football coach Todd Therrien sat me down and said D-II’s, D-III’s, and NAIA’s have the hardest working coaches and athletes in college football,” Inglis said. “Kids like us will out work most D-I athletes because of the love for the game.”
Western New Mexico and Humboldt are two other schools that have shown interest in Inglis.