UNT picked up its second commitment for its 2016 recruiting class recently when Arlington Heights slot receiver/athlete Deion Hair’Griffin decided to play for the Mean Green.
The one person I tried to get a hold of but didn’t reach until this morning was Arlington Heights coach Phil Young. The long-time high school coach spent three seasons as an assistant coach at UNT under Dennis Parker.
” He’s a great player and along with that he is a great young man,” Young said of Hair’Griffin. “He will want to be a leader, but will serve in whatever role you need him to.”
Hair’Griffin served as a playmaker from the quarterback position for Arlington Heights last season. The remarkable statistic Young mentioned that we didn’t in the paper was that Hair’Griffin threw 25 touchdown passes without an interception as a junior.
Hair’Griffin is familiar with the wide receiver spot he will play in college, despite spending the last few seasons throwing passes instead of catching them.
“He was a slot in pee wee and youth ball,” Young said. “What’s so impressive is his speed. No one has run him down in the two years. Once he clears he is gone.
“He’s a one move and go kinda of guy.”
Young doesn’t anticipate changing positions in college to be a problem for Hair’Griffin, not after coming through a high school program that preaches the value of being versatile.
“We tell our kids to marry a program not a position,” Young said. “That way whatever position you play, you will be happy to be there. That’s his outlook.”
Young said Hair’Griffin’s recruiting process came down to a three-team race between UNT, SMU and Northwestern. Hair’Griffin is a good student, which attracted the attention of several private schools.
“He loved the coaches at North Texas, ” Young said. “It’s close to home.”