On the same day Virginia confirmed the murky status of one of its 2015 signees, said signee has reportedly already found a new home.
Head coach Mike London revealed in a statement that the university has granted T.J. Griffin a release from his U.Va. National Letter of Intent signed this past February. Griffin was denied admission at UVa., but the football program wanted the defensive back to go the prep school route and return to Charlottesville next year.
Instead, Griffin decided to leave for an FBS opportunity elsewhere.
“We have granted T.J. Griffin a release from his letter of intent to allow him to enroll at another institution this fall,” London’s statement began. “He contacted me with the request and explained his reasons for not wanting to enroll at a prep school this fall. I understand his personal situation and want to do what is best for this young man and his family. We wish him the best in the future.”
And, reportedly, Griffin’s immediate future will include joining a team that plays in Conference USA.
Confirmed that Virginia signee and CB T.J. Griffin has enrolled at Marshall and is eligible IMMEDIATELY. Just couldn't get into UVa.
— Doug Smock (@dougsmock) August 28, 2015
Marshall has yet to officially announce Griffin’s addition to the roster, although that appears to be a mere formality as other media outlets are reporting that’s where he’ll land as well.
Griffin was a three-star member of the Cavaliers’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 70 cornerback in the country and the No. 26 player at any position in the state of Virginia. As noted in the embedded tweet, Griffin will be eligible to play immediately for the Herd in 2015.
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