Talented sophomore defensive tackle who gained valuable experience as a true freshman in 2013... expected to push for consistent playing time this fall... listed with the third-team unit entering the fall.
2013: True freshman defensive tackle who got his feet wet in 2013... played in nine games, logging a dozen tackles... had four tackles including a half-tackle for loss in the season opener against North Carolina... collected a season-high five stops in the win over Coastal Carolina.
HIGH SCHOOL: Defensive tackle who recorded 108 total tackles including 10 sacks as a senior at Mill Creek High School (Hoschton, Ga.)... graduated in 2013... helped the Hawks to a 9-4 record and the third round of the 6A state playoffs as a senior... coached by Shannon Jarvis... named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AAAAAA all-state team... named second-team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association... played in the Under Armour All-American game following his senior season... recorded 44 tackles with six tackles for loss as a junior, earning all-state and All-Gwinnett County accolades... four-star prospect who was regarded as the 10th-best player in Georgia, the seventh-best defensive tackle in the country and the 120th-best player overall on the Rivals250... a four-star prospect and the nation's 13th-best defensive tackle according to Scout... a four-star prospect, the eighth-best player in Georgia, the seventh-best defensive tackle in the country, the 78th-best player overall and a second-team All-American according to 247Sports... a four-star prospect, the 12th-best defensive tackle in the country and the 123rd-best player overall by PrepStar... considered the nation's 12th-best defensive tackle by MaxPreps... rated a four-star prospect and No. 100 on the ESPN150... named honorable mention on PARADE magazine's All-America team... had numerous offers including Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee.
PERSONAL: Kelsey Griffin was born September 19, 1994... is a hotel, restaurant, tourism management major.