December 17, 2007

New Jersey TE picks Iowa

The third time proved to be the charm for New Jersey tight end J.D. Griggs. After two earlier verbal commitments to other schools, he has made his final choice this weekend after a visit to Iowa City.

Initially the 6-foot-4 and 220 pound athlete had made his verbal commitment to Syracuse. Then in late November, he switched to Temple. But a visit to Iowa changed his mind once again and he says recruiting is over and done with.

"Yes, it is true. I made a verbal commitment to Iowa," Griggs said Monday night. "This is the final stop for me. I am really happy with my decision. I am done with the recruiting process."

The Piscataway, New Jersey native felt good about his visit and was right at home with the Hawkeye Football team.

"It is a cool visit. Iowa is a really good school," he said. "Iowa's team made me feel right at home, like my high school team. The coaches are great and the players are all like brothers."

One of the big selling points of the Iowa visit came from his weekend host, a freshman linebacker who saw plenty of playing time in his first year on campus.

"Jacody Coleman was my host and he was great. He was really truthful about what it is like at Iowa, instead of hearing the coach's version. He treated me really well."

Griggs was recruited by Iowa Assistant coach Darrell Wilson, who covers the New Jersey area. He said that Coach Wilson has been watching him for a while during the recruiting process.

"He has been to football practice this year and he has also been to one of my basketball practices recently so he could see me play another sport. He is a really great guy and he is easy to talk to," Griggs said.

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