Player Evaluation: Mississippi State Commit Kylon Griffin

Mississippi State Recruiting Update

The best head caches are always recruiting and Mississippi State added to its class of 2022 haul earlier in April with the addition of 3-star safety Kylon Griffin.

By Steve Wright

Griffin – who is out of Montgomery (Montgomery, AL) Catholic Preparatory – is rated as the No. 779 player in the country, the No. 50 safety, and the No. 31 player in the class of 2022 from the state of Alabama by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder chose the Bulldogs over offers from the likes of Florida State, Penn State, and Nebraska. Griffin is one of those players that can lead a team, as he proved as Montgomery Catholic went to the state championship game in Alabama this season. He is a hard-hitting and solid tackling safety who loves to play in the box and take down ball carriers at the line of scrimmage. He picked up 55 tackles this past season to go along with 10 pass break-ups and a pair of interceptions.

In the video below you can see how Griffin is always making plays on the field. The first play is a punt return that shows his elusiveness and 4.5 second 40-yard-dash time. The second play is one that shows the type of player he will be for the Bulldogs. He reads a quick pass to a player in the flat, reacting instantly to be at the spot of the catch. This allows Griffin to use his impressive leg drive and tackling form to take the player to the ground for a minimal gain. Read and react defense like this is a key at the college level, as is the ability to make a spot tackle before the attacking player can turn upfield and potentially break a long gain.

The rest of the video showcases different types of plays including Griffin’s ability to cover a wide receiver tight in a one-on-one matchup and how he knows how to break off of pass coverage to make a play on a secondary target.

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