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Ex-Canes four-star signee moves on to Texas Southern

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Because he was a non-qualifier, Derrick Griffin never was able to reach his immense potential at Miami.  Now, however, the talented player will get another chance, albeit it at a much lower level of football.

According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, Griffin has enrolled at Texas Southern and intends to play for the FCS program.  Because he was an academic non-qualifier, however, he will have to sit out the 2014 season.

“Our summer-bridge program is set up to take incoming freshman that need additional help to become college ready,” athletic director Dr. Charles McClelland told the station. “Derek successfully participated in that program which is why he is now a full-time student at Texas Southern University.”

In order for Griffin to be eligible in 2015, he needs to earn 24 credits between now and then. Additionally, Berman wrote, “Griffin must also maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 during the next two semesters to also be eligible.”

Until then, he’s eligible to practice with his new teammates.

A four-star member of The U’s 2013 recruiting class, Griffin was rated as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country; the No. 5 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Texas; and the No. 42 recruit overall by While he’s listed as a TE, the 6-6, 215-pound Griffin will be utilized as a receiver.  As late as early February Griffin was verbally committed to Texas A&M before flipping to Miami in the middle of that month.

“He can bring a lot of different things to the program,” TSU head coach Darrell Asberry said. “He’s a very exciting player.

“He’s a great young man, a great person. The kid has great, great athletic ability. So we just want to make sure we put him in the right position to make plays for us.”

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5 Responses to “Ex-Canes four-star signee moves on to Texas Southern”
  1. mauldawg says: Aug 27, 2014 4:11 PM

    My guess is that this young man will never see the field. That is unless TSU uses the UNC method of teaching. If you just make it thru HS how do you all of a sudden carry a 2.0 in college. Don’t feed me the line about all the help he will get. I am willing to bet that he never opened a book in HS.

  2. canetic says: Aug 27, 2014 5:40 PM

    Dang it would have been nice to have a 6’6″ receiver.

  3. phinfanatic84 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:51 PM

    This young man needs a real college education to fall back on for when his playing days are over. I followed his story when he initially committed to Miami. I was hopeful that he would handle his business and qualify to get into Miami. Having small class sizes like 15 to 1 student to professor ratios would really help him get the one on one attention that he’s probably going to need. I also read that he was one of the top high school basketball players in the state of Texas and wanted to play both Football and Basketball in college.

  4. v2the4 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:45 AM

    Derek led his high school team, Terry High school, in Rosenberg TX (suburb of Houston) to the 4A basketball title in 2013. He punked current Alabama defensive lineman Ashawn Robinson in that state title game so much, that Robinson refused to shake hands after it was over.

    What Derek should have done was gone to junior college after high school, where he could have worked on his academics…A&M wanted him, and he “signed” with the U, but he never played a down there.

    Kid has all the athletic potential in the world, but if you cant stay eligible, no one will ever be able to see it. I wish him luck at TSU, and that may be the place he needs to be at where they can guide him and steer him in the right direction

  5. chill98 says: May 21, 2015 6:00 PM

    Derek did not “flip” to Miami. He wasn’t going to qualify at A&M, so they had to pull his scholarship due to new SEC recruiting rules that don’t allow “sign and place”. The ACC has no limits on recruiting numbers.

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