August 26, 2009

Smooth transition so far

With the first game of his senior season set for September 11, Malcolm Griggs knows there is not much time to prepare. That's okay, because things seem to be going smoothly for the talented defensive back.

While some prospects are focused on setting official visits and narrowing their lists down, Griggs is hoping to earn a few more offers. He will have the opportunity to do so, as he is moving to cornerback from his safety position in an effort to help Piscataway win some games.

It's a move that could also pay off for the 6-foot-2, 183-pound prospect. If he succeeds at corner he would be valued for his size and ability to cover bigger receivers.

Earlier in the year Griggs picked up an offer from Akron. He is now saying he hasn't heard much from the Zips recently. That may put him back to square one, but he's keeping an optimistic attitude about things, especially with the transition to corner being so seamless thus far.

"We started up last week, actually about two Sundays ago," Griggs said. "We haven't played any real games yet. Everything's going pretty good I'd say. I'm starting at corner and it's been good. I've been there all summer and I'm feeling pretty comfortable there.

"I've still got work to do. I'm still working to get to the point where schools look at me as (a corner). I haven't spoken to coaches from Akron or other places lately, just because they finished with camps and they're getting ready for their seasons now. I'm getting ready for mine. It will pick up again."

Griggs has run the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds and has deceptive speed because of his longer stride. He passed for 1,400 yards with 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions last year, but he is expected to be recruited as a defensive back.

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