Griffin Duggan to VT (Twitter Photo)
Griffin Duggan is a BIG get as a walk on at Virginia Tech
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy lineman Griffin Duggan made a big impact early in his high school career.
As a freshman, Duggan was 6-5 and around 300 pounds, making him one of the biggest players on the team. From there, it was a matter of honing his skill as a lineman. He obviously had the size very early in his high school career.
Both the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech expressed early interest in Griffin. He earned an offer from Delaware, and had other schools very interested as his senior year approached.
Nansemond-Suffolk was one of many high schools that went back to in-person learning in the fall, but this year’s football season was almost non-existent. The Saints played a few games and his senior season wasn’t the showcase he was hoping to get. Then again, a lot of Division I schools limited their recruiting, so opportunities were limited.
When it came down to making a decision, Griffin had an opportunity to walk-on at Virginia Tech. On Monday, he announced that he would take that offer and head to Blacksburg.
— Griffin Duggan (@GriffinDuggan) April 27, 2021
“It was going to come down to a walk-on spot with the way our season started, the pandemic, no camps and such. So I was really looking for a spot that would be the best fit. (I love) their offensive line room, academics, staff, and everything in between. I’m really excited for the next chapter,” Duggan said.
He’ll report to Blacksburg in June, so his college days are right around the corner.
For his recruitment, he’s fortunate that there’s been some continuity in terms of coaching. Vance Vice was his primary recruiter, and Coach Vice has been on Justin Fuente’s staff at Virginia Tech for four seasons.
“It’s been great. I have known Coach Vice since my freshman year and we have a good relationship. I also got to know Coach Chung really well this year too,” Griffin explained. “I feel like this is the best fit for me and my family. I’m glad my recruitment is finally at its end. This year was crazy with everything going on and I just had to stay positive. The next chapter is coming.”
Griffin will be running out of the tunnel at Lane Stadium to the tune of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in just a few short months.
– Andy Hilton