Tampa WR preparing for big senior season

Tampa WR preparing for big senior season

Tampa Jesuit receiver Erick McGriff talks to USFNation about what type of receiver he is, his style of play and where he'll be camping this spring/summer. Read on for the entire story, only on USFNation.com!

In '08 the wide receiver position wasn't a major need for the Bulls, but it's a different story in '09. This year USF is looking to bring in at least 3 freshman wideouts and one of them who's already getting interest from South Florida is right in their backyard. Erick McGriff, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds from Tampa Jesuit is an early name on the radar.

"I'm a big receiver and I also like returning punts."

Last season McGriff had over 550 yards receiving with 4 touchdowns. However he might be most valuable to USF in the return game. Since losing Ean Randolph in '06 the Bulls have been unable to find a game-changing return man. Could McGriff be the missing piece?

"Last year I had one punt return for a touchdown and I brought back two kicks for touchdowns."

At 190 pounds and entering his senior year, McGriff says he utilizes his size to take advantage of smaller corners.

"When a corner is playing in press coverage it definitely is to my advantage. I like to run either a quick slant over the middle or a post corner. I try to use my height and size as much as I can."

McGriff says he would prefer to play his college ball instate, but says he's not counting anyone out. Growing up Erick watched a lot of football and although he doesn't have a favorite team he likes the kind of football that is played in the South.

"I watch all the football I can. I never really had a favorite team, I like watching any ACC or SEC game. I think Southern football is the best."

In the off season Erick is staying in shape by playing power-forward on his high school basketball team. He also plans to attend the annual South East Combine held at Raymond James Stadium and he'll attend a couple college camps including Auburn, UF and Boston College.

USFNation.com will follow Erick throughout the year and if/when the Bulls offer we'll be the first to let you know.

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