Last week, Jonesboro defensive back Jordan Griffin got his first scholarship offer when Kentucky extended a scholarship. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Jonesboro football coach Tim Floyd had been anticipating that defensive back Jordan Griffin would receive some college scholarship offers.
However, Floyd was thinking the offers would come in after spring practice started next week.
Kentucky got a jump on things when they offered the sophomore last week.
“It was real shocking when coach told me I had an offer from Kentucky,” Griffin said. “I’ve been interested in them for a while. I have followed some players that have played there, and I think its a good school.”
Heading into the start of spring drills next week, Jonesboro has three players that have college offers.
In addition to Griffin, quarterback Zerrick Cooper has offers from Miami, North Carolina State, Clemson and Kentucky. Freshman James Walker, who helped the Cardinals basketball team win the Class AAAA basketball title, has offers from Kentucky and Miami.
“It is just a blessing to get an offer this early from a team,” said Griffin, who is also an honor student at the school. “This just shows that my hard work is paying off for me and my teammates. I’m looking forward to the start of spring drills.”
This past weekend, Jonesboro teammates Kali James, Cooper and Griffin traveled to Lexington to watch the Wildcats spring game with Jonesboro offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw.
“I think the guys had a great time,” Wardlaw said. “It was a good experience for them to be on campus, and see the spring game.”
As the live college evaluation period is underway, Jonesboro coaches anticipate several coaches will be attending their two-week spring practice sessions, which start on Monday. The Cardinals will hold a spring game on May 16 at the school.
Griffin played as a freshman at Jonesboro before earning a starting spot last season for the Cardinals. Jonesboro finished runner-up in Region 4-AAAA, Div. B, but was knocked out of playoff contention by Locust Grove in the region play-in game.
Griffin will play cornerback and wide receiver for the Cardinals this season, but is being recruiting on the next level as a defensive back. At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Floyd said Griffin’s height has been a big advantage for him in the eyes of college coaches.
“He is a kid that is a hard worker,” Floyd said. “He worked hard to get to this point, and as time goes on, he will get plenty more offers. Jordan is a very smart kid, and he understands football.”