Not only is Olaijah Griffin one of the best cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class, but he is one of the best all-around players in the entire class. Because of his on-the-field ability and athleticism, several teams have had their eyes on Griffin with the hopes of signing him to their programs on National Signing Day.
Here are five things to know about Griffin.
1. Olaijah Griffin is a 5-star recruit
Griffin’s success at Mission Viejo High School in his hometown of Mission Viejo, Calif. has not gone unnoticed. Because of his performances and display of skills on the field in high school, Griffin is considered to be a 5-star prospect.
According to 247Sports composite rankings, Griffin is ranked the No. 28 overall player nationally in the class. The defensive back finds himself in elite company in his class, as it features only 29 5-star prospects.
2. 247Sports ranks Olaijah Griffin high among other players in his state and position
In addition to his national ranking, 247Sports has Griffin ranked high among other cornerbacks and other prospects from California.
Griffin is ranked the No. 3 cornerback in his class. The only other players ranked ahead of him on that front are Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr., both of whom have not yet signed with a program.
As far as prospects from California, Griffin is also ranked No. 3. The No. 1 player from California is wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and the No. 2 player is quarterback JT Daniels. Both players are hard commits to USC.
3. Olaijah Griffin de-committed from UCLA
Although Griffin has not committed to a program as of yet, that wasn’t always the case.
On July 30, 2017, Griffin committed to UCLA after receiving offers from several teams. However, Griffin changed his mind five months later. On Dec. 30, he announced his de-commitment from UCLA and reopened his options for his future, claiming that Tennessee was the front-runner to sign him.
4. Olaijah Griffin is deciding between four programs
Numerous teams are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Wednesday, as it is expected that Griffin will announce which school he will sign with on this day.
In all, 19 programs have expressed interest in signing Griffin, with 18 of those programs extending offers to the cornerback.
However, Griffin has narrowed down his options to four programs, eliminating schools like Clemson, Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Florida State, among others, in the process.
The four programs that are in the running on National Signing Day for Griffin are Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and USC.
According to an article by FanSided’s Zach Ragan, Alabama and Oregon aren’t as big of factors in this race as Tennessee and USC. Ragan expects Griffin to sign with Tennessee, but notes that USC is a serious threat to sign him.
5. Olaijah Griffin’s father is a rapper
Griffin isn’t the only famous person in his family. His father, Warren Griffin III, is a professional rapper that goes by the stage name of “Warren G.”
As Land of 10’s Sean Keeler pointed out early in Olaijah’s recruiting process, Warren G is considered to be one of the pioneers of West Coast Hip Hop, as he released one of the most influential rap albums in the 1994 (titled Regulate…G Funk Era). Featured on that album was hit hit song “Regulate,” which was one of the two songs from the album to be nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award.