“Proof is in the Pudding”: 5+-Star 2025 Recruit Credits USC Football Coach for Developing the Best Defensive Linemen

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Elijah Griffin, On3 Sports #2 2025 recruit in the nation, sat down with their reporter, Chad Simmons for a short interview. Simmions asked the 6’4″ 290 lbs defensive lineman about what defensive line coach Eric Henderson brings to the table when pitching him USC Football.

“He brings up a lot of this quote-unquote thing called Dawg Work. Basically it just means you gotta be a dog to play defensive line. To play in the trenches, you gotta be different, have a different mind set from everybody else. I think that he truly brings that to the table. That’s what he’s he talks to me about, he talks to my mom about my uncle. That is what he brings to the table, his mindset and he believes in what he could do for me toget into that next level. Coaching the one of the best defensive tackles [Aaron Donald] to ever play the game. I mean, the proof is in the pudding. That’s what I get from USC.

USC Football Among Griffin’s Top Destinations

The Savanah Georgia native has already visited USC football and has a June 21 official visit booked. In March he listed USC among his top 12 finalists. Griffin’s other top schools are Georgia, Colorado, Louisville, Miami, Florida, Alabama, Duke, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina, and Oregon.

In 37 games played, Griffin has 69 tackles for loss, including 37.5 sacks; and 17.5 sacks in 14 games last season. He had 97 total tackles last season and 248 total. He also has an interception and three passes defended, a blocked punt, and a blocked field goal.

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