D’Anfernee McGriff grad-transfers to FSU

While Florida State’s offense has looked impressive early in fall camp, new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has expressed wanting more wide receivers at his disposal. Briles’ wish was granted this weekend when the ‘Noles added a player that he already has some experience with. According to multiple reports, former Florida Atlantic running back D’Anfernee McGriff has grad-transferred to FSU as a wide receiver. He is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining and isn’t currently on scholarship.

McGriff went through practice with the Seminoles’ wideouts on Saturday while wearing #18, which is also worn by true freshman defensive back Travis Jay. He was listed as a running back and a tight end for the Owls during the bulk of his time in Boca Raton. He caught eight passes for 66 yards and one touchdown in two seasons (2017-18) with Florida Atlantic. I believe there’s a chance he also ends up contributing at running back with just three scholarship backs on the roster in 2019.

The former four-star athlete out of Tallahassee’s own Leon High School originally signed with Florida but was forced to attend prep school after not academically qualifying. Following prep school, McGriff spent a season at Iowa Western Community College before signing with Florida Atlantic, where’s he spent the past two seasons in a reserve role. McGriff played under Briles in 2017 which is where their connection comes from.

Out of high school, the Tallahassee native was a prolific, do it all type of player. McGriff spent time at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver during the last two seasons of his high school career. As a junior, he completed 66 of 130 passes for 772 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 189 times for a whopping 2,025 yards and 31 touchdowns. McGriff was rated as the No. 257 overall prospect, the No. 19 RB, and the No. 33 prospect in the state of Florida in the class of 2015, earning him a four-star distinction.

While the odds are against the 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete, McGriff certainly has the vision and speed to be an asset for the Seminoles. He’s an extremely physical runner who understands how to go north and south rather than dancing for short gains. McGriff can get around you with his burners or go right through the middle of defenses with his bulky frame. Sporting a 4.34 40-yard dash, look for him to potentially get involved on special teams.

If he can put it all together under Briles, watch out for McGriff to be a sleeper at Florida State.

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