After failing to qualify academically at Virginia, three-star cornerback T.J. Griffin will instead play this season with the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Cavaliers head coach Mike London announced Griffin’s release via a statement, which was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
“We have granted T.J. Griffin a release from his letter of intent to allow him to enroll at another institution this fall,” London’s statement began. “He contacted me with the request and explained his reasons for not wanting to enroll at a prep school this fall. I understand his personal situation and want to do what is best for this young man and his family. We wish him the best in the future.”
It was Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette-Mail who reported Griffin’s decision to attend Marshall on Twitter.
Confirmed that Virginia signee and CB T.J. Griffin has enrolled at Marshall and is eligible IMMEDIATELY. Just couldn't get into UVa.
— Doug Smock (@dougsmock) August 28, 2015
Though Griffin once starred at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach and probably would have loved to play in his home state, he is headed to a much better situation at Marshall. Virginia has gone just 23-38 (11-29 ACC) in five years under London, with zero bowl wins and has not once been in conference title contention.
Marshall, on the other hand, are the reigning Conference USA champions and are 40-25 (27-13 C-USA) in five years under Doc Holliday.
Needless to say, Griffin may have hit the proverbial jackpot in deciding to leave for Marshall.
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