Chase Griffin seems like the ultimate UCLA man. Not quarterback mind you, just the epitome of someone who would be most likely to graduate from UCLA.
Perhaps, it’s got something to do with the fact that, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Griffin “has been a classically trained violinist since the age of 4.” Feldman adds that his father has a law degree from Harvard and his mother has a master’s degree from Columbia. If that doesn’t scream “UCLA material” to you, I don’t know what will.
Well, one thing that might not is his high school. With no offense intended to the fine people of Hutto, Texas, I will admit that I had to Google “Hutto, Texas” to find out exactly where it is because, until today, I had never heard of the city of almost 15,000. It turns out that Hutto is about 30 miles north of Austin.
Of course, UCLA is no stranger to recruiting Texas HS football players as the Bruins have recruited well in the state for as long as I can remember.
As far as Griffin is concerned, at just 5’ 10” tall, he does seem a little bit smaller than most Chip Kelly recruits. But, after watching his junior highlights on Hudl, I can understand why he was a Texas Player of the Year finalist last season. Last season, he threw for 4,102 yards and 40 TDs with only 4 interceptions all season.
His passing is accurate and he looks to be a playmaker. He doesn’t appear to be a much of a scrambler as Brett Hundley was when he was at UCLA, but Griffin isn’t afraid to move around in the pocket while trying to find an open receiver. And, if he can’t find one, then he will beat you with his feet. Take a look.
According to his Hudl profile, Griffin runs a 4.92 40-yard dash, a 4.05 shuttle and has a 37.4 inch vertical jump.
Not surprisingly, Griffin had offers from 5 of the 8 Ivy League schools including Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Yale and Dartmouth. But, despite that, he had been expected to opt to play for the North Texas Mean Green until he received an offer from UCLA, according to Bruin Report Online’s Tracy Pierson.
Regardless of his “star ranking,” it’s really nice to see Coach Kelly recruiting someone who clearly fits in at UCLA both academically and athletically. Hopefully, Griffin’s play will prove to be as sweet as the sounds coming from his violin.
Welcome to Westwood, Chase!