Chase Griffin, 3-star quarterback from Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas signed his National Letter of Intent this morning in the Hutto High School gym surrounded by family and friends.
Griffin was Chip Kelly’s first commitment for the 2019 class and is the first member of the 2019 class to sign his National Letter of Intent. Chip’s offer came right after Chase participated in a QB camp in Los Angeles on June 15, 2018. The camp was attended by Dana Bible and Chip Kelly. Kelly and Bible watched Chase and immediately offered him a scholarship and, as you can see, Chase just as quickly accepted and made his commitment to the UCLA Bruins public via this Tweet:
Thank you to Coach Chip Kelly & the staff @UCLAFootball for the scholarship.— Chase Griffin (@ChaseQB11) June 16, 2018
Eternally Grateful to my parents, @DilfersDimes @georgewhitfield & Joey Roberts.
S/O @CoachVanTheMan & staff, administrators, teachers & all of HippoNation.#AGTG #GoBruins #8Clap #Be11eve pic.twitter.com/hbLEqpSmE6
The 5’10” 190 pound Chase Griffin does not exactly fit the “prototypical” measurements of a quarterback, but the results on the field are quite impressive.
Griffin helped lead the 2018 Hutto High Hippos (yes, their mascot is a hippo) to the Texas 5A Division 1 Region Three finals, where they lost but, while the Hippos lost, Griffin’s numbers this year were pretty amazing. The senior quarterback passed for 4,051 yards and 51 touchdowns this season. Griffin completed 268 of 373 passes with just five interceptions. Griffin also rushed for 415 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 carries. Griffin was named The Central Texas Player of the Year and District Offensive MVP, he is also an All-State and All-State Academic honoree and a finalist for Mr. Texas Football.
With all of these accomplishments, there is one award that if you have played high school football over the last 30+ years, you dream of winning. That award is the Gatorade Player of the Year. Chase was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year. This award goes to players that excel on the football field and in the classroom and, with the level of football played in Texas and the sheer numbers of participants eligible and deserving of this award, this is quite an accomplishment for Griffin.
UCLA is not only getting a prolific high school quarterback, they are also getting a student that has maintained a weighted 4.69 GPA and, check this out, aside from the UCLA offer, Griffin also received offers from Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth. Do you see a pattern?
This makes two years in a row that UCLA Football has welcomed an interesting and intriguing QB prospect to the program. Last year, it was Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who made national news for receiving a scholarship offer after having never completed a pass as a starting high school varsity quarterback.
Well, Chase Griffin does not fall under that category as he has definitely completed a few passes as a starting varsity quarterback. Over three seasons as quarterback for the Hippos, Griffin has passed for 11,093 yards and 123 TD’s. He attempted 1,141 passes, completing 764, with 22 interceptions.
Griffin, like DTR, has also had a history of being in the national media as well, as a 2014 ESPN article titled, “QB Most Likely to Succeed” named Chase Griffin a “13-year-old prodigy”.
Chase made some news earlier this year with a fun video that went viral that showed off his insane accuracy skills with the football. With the best example in the video being him pegging a mini SC helmet thrown in the air with the football.
It should be an interesting time at UCLA next year at the quarterback position. Below are some additional highlights that give UCLA fans a glimpse of what kind of player is heading to Westwood.
Welcome to Westwood, Chase!