It appears as though Pitt is looking at a recruit that new offensive coordinator Matt Canada had his eye on at NC State.
MJ McGriff (5-9, 177) is a play-making wide receiver from Vero Beach, Florida. In 2014, McGriff had 110 catches for 1,545 yards and 23 TD’s. Last season, he caught 68 passes for 840 yards, 24 carries for 269 yards and scored 16 TD’s overall. McGriff is a 2-time 8A first team All-state wide receiver.
Today McGriff’s head coach Lenny Jankowski informed his star wide receiver that Pitt had called about him.
“It surprised me, I asked him if he was serious”, said McGriff. “I would love to play for Pitt.”
Jankowski explained to McGriff about the coaching change at Pitt and that Canada was also scouting him while at NC State. Upon getting hired at Pitt, Canada started contacting recruits that he was looking at before getting fired with the Wolfpack.
“My coach tells me that Coach Canada is a great guy so I believe whatever Coach Jankowski tells me.”
Aside from Pitt, McGriff is getting late interest from NC State, South Carolina and East Carolina. In fact, the coaches from NC State are visiting McGriff on Monday. Following that meeting with NC State, he’ll talk with his coach and mother about where things stand with Pitt.
“Honestly, before this season, I didn’t even know about Pitt”, McGriff told me. “Then this season I watched the Pitt/Louisville game because one of my former teammates plays for Louisville. After that, I watched 2 more Pitt games that were on TV.”
McGriff says he tries to play like his favorite player St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin.
“The strength of my game is my speed. I’m quick and consider myself a play-maker. I don’t believe in going down easy. Every time I touch the ball, I’m looking to score a touchdown.”
Sounds like things will come into focus for McGriff next week, so he’s just going to have to stay patient.
“It’s a nerve racking time for everyone, especially my mom, she’s really nervous. But I have faith in God that in the end things will work out”, said McGriff.
Personally, I’m rooting for him to get an offer from Pitt. I was really impressed with him, he was a well-spoken, polite young man. We’ll follow up with him next week.