CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Latin senior Paul Griggs is ranked as one of the best high school kickers in the country. He has committed to play for Purdue starting in 2012, but he’s still focused on helping get the Hawks deep into the postseason.
NewsChannel 36 caught up with Griggs and learned about him as a player and as a student.
1. Why did you choose Purdue?
Griggs: Purdue has everything that I was looking for in a school. It combines big time football with top notch academics and I really liked the campus and the football facilities. The coaching staff and what they have put in place at the school was also a huge draw. Head coach Danny Hope and special teams coach J.B. Gibboney have really created a great environment for specialists to reach the very top.
2. What is one thing people may not know about you?
Graig's: I'm not what you typically think of when you think of a kicker. I workout as hard as the other members of the team and I put time in in the off season to train and get better.
3. What is your strangest football ritual?
Graig's: I put hand warmers in my pants before games to keep my quads warm.
4. Your biggest pet peeve?
Griggs: People who drive WAY to slow.
5. How will Latin finish out this season? What can you guys accomplish this fall?
Griggs: We will finish well, we always do. Coach Mac always tells us to win the state championship game you have to get there and that's what we are going to do and we are going to do it one game at a time. We have a very special group of guys this year with a lot of great chemistry and strong senior leadership which means we will be capable of doing a lot a really amazing things this fall. So the ball is really in our (the team) court to step up to them.