UVa Hoping for More at St. Peter’s Prep

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UVa certainly had excellent success recruiting St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) last year. The Cavs landed cornerback Mike Brown and running back Rashawn Jackson , who were rated as two of the top prospects in the state. UVa is hoping to extend their successful streak at one of the top high school programs in New Jersey into the 2006 class.

Kee-Ayre Griffin

UVa’s top target at St. Peter’s Prep is Kee-Ayre Griffin , an outstanding 5-9, 180-pound tailback/cornerback for head coach Rich Hansen.

As a junior last season, Griffin had 104 carries for 882 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He also tallied 12 receptions for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Schools like him either as a cornerback or a running back.

According to Hansen, UVa likes him as a running back.

“He’s going to be a featured back in the offense and he’ll play corner,” Hansen said. “Some people like Syracuse love him as a cornerback and a cover guy. Other people like him as a runner, but he can catch the ball, he can be used in the slot and he returns punts and kicks. So he’s a pretty versatile athlete.”

Division 1-A schools have flocked into St. Peter’s this month to evaluate Kee-Ayre.

“We’ve had about 60 schools here in May,” Hansen said. “He ran at the combine and did some good things at the combine. He’s got offers in writing and we’re looking forward to a good year from him.”

How many Division 1-A programs have offered?

“He’s got in the mid-teens,” Hansen said of Griffin’s amount of official offers. “There’s Virginia, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Boston College, Rutgers, UConn and some others.”

At this point, Hansen doesn’t believe that Griffin has any favorite schools. He also expects a long recruiting process.

“I think he’s going to see it through,” Hansen said. “He’s pretty much open right now. I don’t think he’s going to commit early or anything.”

Next season, look for Griffin to get the bulk of the carries without Mike Brown or Rashawn Jackson being in the backfield. “He’s waited enough,” Hansen said. “He’s probably going to get 25 to 30 carries a game.”

Very fast, Griffin’s speed is just one