It all came full circle for Everson Griffen at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The No. 1 prospect in Arizona committed to USC on CSTV's Generation Next just weeks earlier (Watch Clip), adding a punch with No. 6-overall Chris Galippo that's a tough one to get up from.
The two were on the same defensive line at the Army Bowl, and they stole the show.
Griffen came up with the first sack of the game for the West team on a third-and-short, and was in on many a pass rush, generating the energy necessary to fire up his offense and hold the East's down. Gallipo was named the MVP of the game for his seven tackle effort.
In his senior year, Griffen totaled 77 tackles, 16 QB sacks, 23 QB hurries, three forced fumbles and three recoveries at defensive end. He also ran the ball 137 times for 1,108 yds and 22 TDs. An obvious selection, Griffen was All-State the past two seasons.
Tom Lemming says he has the kind of frame that will allow him to play either DE or DT in college, and moved him up from No. 24 to No. 12 in the Final 2007 Player Rankings.
He's a big, muscular kid with super strength and unusual quickness. He's been blessed with a quick first step and superior balance. He did a good job of fighting off double and sometimes triple teams this season and I was impressed with his pursuit angles. He uses his hands well and can dominate at the point of attack.