As defensive standouts Travis Jackson and Chris Rock and two-way starting lineman Alex Vance garnered a significant share of attention from opponents of the DeSales High School football team last fall, coach Ryan Wiggins continually praised a player whom he believed was underappreciated: Adam Griffin.

As defensive standouts Travis Jackson and Chris Rock and two-way starting lineman Alex Vance garnered a significant share of attention from opponents of the DeSales High School football team last fall, coach Ryan Wiggins continually praised a player whom he believed was underappreciated: Adam Griffin.

With that in mind, maybe it shouldn't have been surprising that his college recruitment took place in a similar manner.

As the winter wore on and Griffin had offers from Air Force, Navy and Army as well as an interested Akron as options, the multi-faceted three-year varsity player couldn't get his mind off fulfilling his dream to play for Ohio State.

National Signing Day on Feb. 3 came and went, and Griffin still didn't have a school.

Later that week, he talked to members of the Buckeyes' coaching staff about walking on. But then on Feb. 9 he got a call from coach Jim Tressel.

Because it still had one scholarship left to give, Ohio State had decided Griffin was the player to complete their 2010 recruiting class.

Griffin, whose father, Archie, won two Heisman Trophies for the Buckeyes in 1974 and '75, accepted and signed later in the week.

"I visited Air Force (in early February), but Ohio State was by far a better fit," Griffin said. "(Tressel) called and told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship. Inside I was just so happy, and I accepted right there. He said he needed a guy like me for his recruiting class. They offered me as an athlete, so we'll what happens."

After rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns in a part-time role as a sophomore, Griffin rushed for 776 yards and five touchdowns and led the Stallions in all-purpose yards with 1,710 while making special mention all-district as a junior. He also had 50 tackles and five interceptions at defensive back that season as the Stallions completed their second consecutive perfect regular season and were state semifinalists.

Last fall, Griffin rushed for 878 yards and scored 16 touchdowns and made first-team all-district at defensive back as DeSales earned a Division III state runner-up finish. He also made ThisWeek Super 25 honorable mention.

Griffin is the third player from DeSales' 2010 graduating class to sign with a Big Ten Conference school, joining Jackson (Michigan State) and Chi Chi Ariguzo (Northwestern).

Vance signed with the University of Findlay, a Division II program.

"(Griffin had) a great year," Wiggins said. "He returns punts and kicks and plays defense. He's always under the radar statistically."