TWO BITS: McGriff walks on, Williams signs deal

By Adam Silverstein
February 3, 2011

1 » Gainesville High School quarterback Ryan McGriff has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and will enroll in the University of Florida this summer, according to The Gainesville Sun. The son of former Florida tight end Mark McGriff and grandson of Gator Great and All-American wide receiver (and outfielder) Perry McGriff, Jr., McGriff will be the third person in his family to wear the orange and blue. He told the Sun that Muschamp contacted in just after being hired in December and that former head coach Urban Meyer had not previously offered him the opportunity.

“It’s not a scholarship, but it’s the next best thing for me at my dream school,” he told the paper. “I’ve lived in Gainesville my whole life, so it’s pretty much a dream come true, actually. I’m moving a mile and half from my house. It can’t get any better than that. […] I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not a big-name recruit. As a local kid, I know what it takes to work hard and earn what you get. I have no problem being the scout team quarterback, helping the defense, helping the offense, learning whatever signals, holding. Whatever I can do to help them be a better football team.”

2 » Waived by the Orlando Magic last week, former Florida point guard Jason Williams has signed a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies Williams, who was upset at his lack of playing time this season, will compete to be the back-up PG in Memphis. This is the second time Williams will play for the Grizzlies; he was acquired by them in a trade in 2001 and played there through the 2004-05 season.


  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Super attitude – this type of “All In”” attitude and work ethic can spread & go a long way towards creating a selfless atmosphere that generates TEAM success…

  2. DGlockUF says:

    I agree, this kid sounds like he is willing to do nearly anything to help the Orange and Blue.

    The linked article doesn’t mention his height, anyone know?

  3. g8rgr8 says:

    Now thats someone that “bleeds orange and blue”… besides “McGriff” is a great gator name… any relation to Travis?

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      I think in the past, it is more common for the player to “prove” himself for a year or even two, then receive the scholarship for the final 2 years, rather than have it one year, then get it taken away…

  4. dp says:

    This is the attitude that ALL players, especially scholarship athletes, should have. Welcome Ryan to the Gator Nation!

    Ps- I’m sure the ladies on campus won’t mind what your playing status us! As long as you are wearing that Orange and Blue come Saturday!

  5. Ken says:

    With all of the extra schollies available right now, it would be nice to give this kid one, knowing that it is only 1 year and could be offered to a recruit next season. Somehow I doubt his attitude would change!

  6. npgator says:

    McGriff had some great statistics playing at GHS so he will be a solid addition to the Gator Nation!

  7. npgator says:

    We still have a decent shot at Brissett from Dwyer too.

  8. npgator says:

    According the Brissett will commit to the University of Florida! AWESOME!

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