UCLA Commitment comes full circle for Chase Griffin

Hutto High School Quarterback Chase Griffin was born in Santa Monica’s UCLA Hospital and on Monday, June 15, he committed to UCLA to further his academic and football career.

He chose the Bruins over offers from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, and others.

At UCLA, Griffin believes that his hard work on the field in competing for a starting job and playing at a high level after that should he win it is going to bode well for his NFL hopes. Off the field, with Los Angeles being a major business market, Griffin’s interest in business economics could prove to be lucrative as well.

“The coaching staff. Coach Kelly is one of the most if not the most creative minds in football. His success, which is facilitated through a quarterback-centric offense, speaks for itself at the collegiate and professional levels,” Griffin said about what put UCLA over the top.

UCLA’s new quarterbacks’ coach as of January, Dana Bible, coached Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Russell Wilson and Arizona Cardinal Quarterback Mike Glennon.

“I’m extremely excited to be able to compete and play for Coach [Chip] Kelly’s staff. Coach Kelly, Coach Bible, and Coach Lewis are all extremely knowledgeable on the quarterback position and I know that I can grow as a player with them.”

Griffin has also had the opportunity to be mentored and coached by Trent Dilfer and George Whitfield who have stressed the importance of the competitive and operational aspects of the quarterback position. He said that has had a profound impact on how he competes now and how he will continue to do in the future.

“I am a confident competitor who works extremely hard on my craft to win games. I believe the coaching staff is recruiting and coaching players with a very similar motivated attitude as mine so I believe I suit the Bruins’ program well,” Griffin said.

When Chase Griffin sets foot in the weight room, locker room, practice field etc., as a UCLA Bruin, the respect he receives will be respect he earns whether it’s day one or further along in his career. If he holds true to his responsibilities as a quarterback, he believes the respect from his teammates and coaches will come early on.

“By competing every day for the starting position whether being the #1 or not. The goal doesn’t change either. Every year, the players’ goal is to win the PAC-12 and the CFB Playoffs.”

At this point in his high school football career, Chase Griffin recognizes that his faith has grown a great deal. At the same time, his work ethic and hunger growing have allowed for his game to flourish.

“My number one goal that’s left in 2018 is winning the State Championship. I am a senior and this is my last chance to compete with my high school teammates  for a historic state championship for Hutto.”