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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Notre Dame Offers 2022 WR Joe Griffin

April 20, 2021

Joseph Griffin‍ committed to Boston College last fall for a number of reasons and none of those reasons have changed, but after an offer from Notre Dame this evening, the 2022 Massachusetts wide receiver has some things to think about.

“You've got to listen,” Griffin’s offensive coordinator at Springfield Central High School says. “Notre Dame is Notre Dame. They can do things that other schools can't.

“Joe likes BC a lot. He's comfortable with the coaches, but I was telling my wife this morning, 'Notre Dame is Notre Dame.' Some schools can wait until the 8th inning and say, 'You know what? We want you,' and come in and your whole thought process changes.”

Watson says he believes Griffin remains “locked in” with Boston College.

“But Notre Dame is coming strong,” he says, noting the Irish are hoping to get Griffin on campus for a game this fall.

Irish wide receivers coach Del Alexander has been heading up the recent charge in evaluating and recruiting Griffin.

Watson has coached Griffin in both football and basketball since he was a youth player, so he knows him as well as anybody and relayed that knowledge to Alexander.

“I was just telling him, 'The kid, all he knows is winning,’” says Watson, who is also the head basketball coach at Central, which won a state championship in hoops last year and is currently unbeaten during an abbreviated season this year.

“And just the type of athlete he is. (Alexander) even told me, he doesn't have anybody like Joe on the roster. Notre Dame has had players like that with his physical frame, but he doesn't have many on the roster and that makes Joe an attractive player for them.”

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Griffin had offers from schools like Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia before committing to the Eagles in October.

“He's an athletic freak; jumping-wise, his vertical,” says Watson. “When he's in the gym, he's as strong as an ox. He can lift with the linemen. He's just a freak.

“I think his ceiling is so high; I believe and I've I said it since middle school; if he's developed properly at the next level, he's gonna play on Sundays. He doesn't have to grow another inch. He doesn't have to gain another pound. He's pro-ready from that standpoint. But he's going to go to college, he's going to get faster. He's going to gain a little muscle and his IQ is going to increase and he's just going to continue to get better.”

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