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Griffey taking things slow

The son of a Hall of Fame baseball player is starring on the gridiron, and his dad is more than happy about it.

Wide receiver Trey Griffey (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) will take visits after the season is complete. Iowa State, Michigan State and Washington State are among the BCS-level programs that are in pursuit.

Trey Griffey, son of baseball legend, Ken Griffey, Jr., spurned America’s pastime for the bright lights of Florida high school football, and his choice seems to be turning out okay. A junior at Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.), Griffey is already making noise on the recruiting trail, boasting 13 scholarship offers – three of which are from BCS schools (Iowa State, Michigan State, and Washington State).

“I played baseball when I was younger,” Griffey said. “But I fell in love with football pretty early on. My dad saw how much I loved to play the game, so he was okay with it.”

It should be noted that Ken Griffey, Jr. was a star football player in his own right. He played wide receiver and returned punts for Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) while leading them to a state championship, and then he turned down a football scholarship offer from Oklahoma to pursue a professional baseball career.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Trey Griffey is also a wide receiver, and he is leading his team toward a state championship, as well, starting this Friday in the first round of the Florida state 8A playoffs vs. Wharton (Tampa, Fla.). Although Trey is hearing from several colleges, his mind is on the playoffs and the pursuit of a state championship.

“I’ll plan my visits and start deciding which college I want to go to after the playoffs,” Griffey said. “Right now, I want to focus on my team and our goal of winning a state championship.”

Dr. Phillips will have its best chance of advancing in the playoffs if Griffey continues to produce at a high level on the field. During the regular season, he tallied 61 receptions for 839 yards and 11 touchdowns. The second-leading receiver on his team recorded only 22 receptions, so Griffey is obviously carrying much of the team’s offensive load.

In addition to leading his team in receiving, Griffey also plays spot duty at cornerback and safety, which he says he enjoys. In fact, some colleges project him to play safety at the next level, but Griffey insists that he will choose a college to attend first, and then he will play whichever position the coaches determine for him.

“I don’t really have a preference,” Griffey said. “I just like to play football.”

And that is what his dad would want him to say.

“My dad tells me to ‘have fun and play loose’; that’s his advice for me.”

Trey Griffey hopes to have some fun starting this Friday vs. Wharton as he leads his team toward its lofty goal.

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