Three days after the official end of the 2015 football season, Kansas University coach David Beaty got a good jumpstart on 2016 when he picked up an oral commitment from Huntsville, Texas, wide receiver Jay Griffin.
Griffin, an explosive three-star athlete who last summer committed to Utah, announced the commitment on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Griffin picked the Jayhawks because playing at Kansas offers a better chance to compete closer to home.
He joins an already deep receiving corps but told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com that catching passes might not necessarily be where his future lies.
“I can play anywhere and will play wherever they need me,” Griffin told Kirby. “I just want to help them win a championship.”
Cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry and receivers coach Klint Kubiak were the lead recruiters for the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Griffin and their recruitment made a great impact.
“I had a good relationship with all of their coaches and I like their school,” Griffin told Kirby. “They have a lot to offer. I talked to coach Perry the most. He just told me he will help me get to where I wanted to be.”
Before picking Utah, Griffin, known primarily for his top-end speed, held offers from KU, Central Florida, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State.
Griffin becomes the 11th player in the Class of 2016 to commit to Kansas but the Jayhawks, who can sign up to 25 players in this class, likely only have a handful of scholarships remaining to pass out because of the presence of several transfers who joined the team prior to the 2015 season.
Griffin plans to make his official visit to KU in January.