Recruiting in halls pays off for Cache
Recruiting is taboo at the high school level unless coaches are walking the halls of their own school trying to locate players who might help their program.
When Faron Griffin arrived at Cache he spent time just learning about all the boys who might help his program and it was hard not to notice 6-4, 300-pound prospect JoSiah Adu and start asking some questions.
“I didn’t play my freshman year because there were changes in the coaching staff and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” the big senior said. “But Coach Griffin came and talked to me and it was during our talks that I realized home much love I had for the game of football and that I missed not being out there. So I decided to come out my sophomore season and it’s been fun.”
The coach said Adu has done everything he’s been asked to do by the coaches.
“He’s come back and worked really hard in our Summer Pride program and really gotten serious about lifting and getting stronger,” Griffin said. “I told him when I first visited with him that we’re a different coaching staff and I just wanted him to give us a chance. That’s all I asked of him. If he felt positive about the program then we’d love to have him. If he didn’t get a good feeling, then he could walk away and we’d understand. Since that first day back with the program he’s been a key part of our team.”
The senior now stands 6-4 and weighs “around 320” and he’s being used on both sides of the ball.
“Sitting out that year did slow his progress but he’s caught up with the other guys and is doing a great job on the weights,” Griffin said. “He’s worked hard on his footwork and he’s developed a strong mental attitude as well.”
Having Griffin as the offensive line coach has been a blessing according to Adu.
“Coach Griffin does a great job teaching us the fundamentals that you need on the offensive line,” Adu said. “He encouraged me to work hard on the weights and I’ve gotten to the point where I can squat 500 pounds. He makes sure to point out our mistakes but he does it in a manner that makes you understand why you need to do things a certain way.”