NC State’s Doeren: ‘Why wouldn’t you want to come here?’
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren has done such a good job bringing in recruits that it’s rare he loses one.
But that’s what happened on Monday as four-star running back Jamious Griffin decommitted from the Wolfpack. Griffin, a senior at Rome High School in Rome, Ga., is the No. 22 running back in the country according to 247Sports and rushed for 2,815 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior.
For his career he rushed for 5,381 yards and 90 touchdowns and was an All-USA Georgia First Team selection and was the Georgia Offensive Player of the Year. His yards and rushing touchdown totals surpassed former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Griffin was also a MaxPreps First-Team All-American.
Griffin tweeted that it wasn’t “fair to N.C.State or myself to remain committed when I’m not 100% sure where I want to further my education and football career.”
Doeren has made waves across the ACC for his last two recruiting classes, but has now had two 2019 players decommit. Charlotte Country Day offensive lineman Triston Miller re-opened his commitment just days after former Wolfpack offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford left N.C State to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville. Miller later signed with North Carolina.
The new coaching staff at Georgia Tech, led by former Temple head coach Geoff Collins, have made a strong push for Griffin. Jamious older brother, Ja’Quon, is a freshman defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets. Auburn is also expected to be in the mix. Griffin took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Jan. 11.
The Wolfpack return sophomore running backs Ricky Person, Jr. and Trent Pennix. Person, from nearby Heritage High School, is the leading returning rusher for the team, after rushing for 471 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2018. Pennix, another local product from Sanderson High, rushed for 68 yards on 22 carries. True freshman Zonovan Knight, a four-star recruit out of Southern Nash, enrolled in school earlier this month and expects to be in the mix as well. As a senior, Knight rushed for 2,054 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging 186.7 yards per game. In December, Knight was named the Offensive MVP of the 2018 Shrine Bowl after rushing for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Doeren still has 19 players who signed letters of intent on Dec. 19. N.C. State’s 2019 recruiting class is currently ranked third in the ACC, according to 247Sports, and it ranked No. 28 in the nation.