True freshman receiver Sterling Griffin has impressed so much in practice that USF coach Jim Leavitt when as far as to say he is “one of the best freshman receivers we’ve had come in here.”

And Griffin hasn’t even played a game at the collegiate level.

“He hasn’t played a game yet.  You always want to be careful,” Leavitt said.  “You have to do it in games, but so far he’s done really well.  It’s hard to come in here and do what he’s done as a freshman.”

Griffin, from Miami Monsignor Pace High School in Opa Locka, was rated the 70th best wide receiver prospect by ESPN coming out of high school.  Griffin chose USF over Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Purdue, and Kansas State.

Leavitt said his young receiver’s work ethic has stood out the most.

“It’s his mentality, his focus.  He works hard,” Leavitt said.  “He’s clearly a starter at receiver.”

-Phil Neary