South Bend, IN — The recruitment process can be a winding road for a lot of the top players in the nation and his was certainly the case for IMG standout Houston Griffith. Originally, Griffith was set to play for the Seminoles until their head coach Jimbo Fisher took the job at Texas A&M, and was promptly replaced by Oregon’s head coach Will Taggart.
It didn’t take long before FSU’s 2018 commitment list turned into a hybrid roster of Tomahawk diehards like Asante Samuel Jr and would-be Duck’s brought over to Tallahassee with coach Taggart. But in the meantime IMG superstars like Houston Griffith and Verdis Brown were packing their bags to head back to the midwest. Both Verdis and Houston are Chicago natives that ultimately opted to play closer to home than roll the dice on a under preforming FSU team with a brand new head coach.
While Veridis chose the Fighting Illini, his former teammate committed to the Fighting Irish. So if people didn’t think the luck of the Irish was a real thing, think again. Because random coaching changes in Oregon, Florida and Texas somehow led to Notre Dame landing a lockdown cornerback that’s ready to make an impact on day one.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: IMG Academy
Weight: 194 lbs
Position Rank: 6th
State Rank: 12th
Interview with 4-star Notre Dame commit Houston Griffith
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: “Stay hungry and stay humble.”
Q: What do you plan on majoring in next year?
Q: Who are the best players you’ve ever played against?
A: “Too many players to name..haha.”
Q: When it comes to football who’s your biggest influence and what motivates you the most to continue training/playing on such a high level?
A: “My family, I want to leave my legacy at the end of the day. Be known as one of the greatest to ever player and also to be known as a good person as well.”
You can follow Houston on Twitter @___HG3