Although he committed early to Kentucky, several SEC schools didn’t stop pursuing three-star cornerback Jordan Griffin.
Among those schools was South Carolina, which was the subject of a funny story Griffin remembers from an in-home visit.
Griffin recently recounted what an assistant coach for the Gamecocks told him that day as well as other insights into his recruitment in an interview with SEC Country:
Q: What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process?
A: Probably the South Carolina coach. It wasn’t the head coach, but a South Carolina coach, he was speaking on the basis of if a coach got offered another job and it’s higher that they’ll leave and things like that. He said if Ohio State had offered him another job that his butt would have been gone to Ohio State and he would be calling me the next day asking if I want to go to Ohio State. That was in a home visit. It was hilarious.
Q: Who was it that said that?
I forgot his name. He came from Georgia. He just moved to South Carolina this year.
Q: Was it Bryan McClendon?
A: If I’m not mistaken. I’m not sure exactly though.
Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?
A: Auburn hands down. Probably just come at an earlier time.
Q: What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
A: Going to Auburn and knowing that Carlton Davis was someone that I looked up to, just seeing how tremendous his year was and him being my chauffeur and showing me around.
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
A: In the summer of my junior year when I went up to Auburn, people were saying that Auburn totally changed my mind.
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips?
A: I went on a visit and a fight broke out.
Q: Really? Where was that?
A: It was at (two) places, both at Auburn and Kentucky.
Q: Which coach was it the hardest to say no to?
A: Hands down (associate head) coach (Rodney) Garner from Auburn. That was so tough.
Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting?
A: I know what I want to say. Honestly, not really a school disappointed me the most, but I can definitely tell you what coach disappointed me the most.
Q: Who was it?
A: Coach (Derrick) Ansley (at Kentucky). My recruiter.
Q: What disappointed you?
A: Him leaving (for Alabama) and not saying anything about it.
Q: How much negative recruiting was out there?
A: You got some negative recruiting, but none of my top schools would really downplay the other schools. That’s what stuck out to me the most, actually.
Q: If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
A: Take your time. Don’t work on anyone else’s time and make the best decision for you. It was a blessing for me to be able to commit early, but I would tell someone that if they have a lot of offers and are highly recruited not to commit so early, so you can make sure to take all your visits and get the whole aspect of everywhere because there are so many places around that you can go to. Just that diversity of going and getting a feel of everywhere.
Q: Do you think that committing early held your recruitment back at all?
A: It has its positives and negatives. At times, I kind of did feel like that, but also at times, the schools that continued to go on (recruiting me), those were the schools that really, really wanted me. That’s how I kind of looked at things.
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: Dealing with the coaching changes. There are some players out there that committed to a school just because of a coach.