MEMPHIS — When Linda Uhl asked one of the coaches at a high school football combine what to do if you have a child that has the talent and ability to play college football, but doesn’t play for a high school team, he laughed in her face.
“He kind of said basically, good luck,” Uhl said. “And I said, ‘You don’t know.’ I said my son will play college ball. I don’t know with whom yet, but he will play.”
She said from there, she left the coach and the other parents seeking advice about the recruiting process. Her son, Griffin Uhl, worked out at the local-level National Underclassmen combine in Lexington, Ky., last May and at the conclusion, awards were announced. Griffin Uhl won the award for the strongest lineman. Then he was selected by the coaches as the defensive MVP.
Then Linda Uhl found the coach who laughed at her.
She went up to him asked if he remembered her from earlier. He said yes. She asked if he knew the red head that was just named srongest lineman and defensive MVP for the combine. He said yes.
“I said, ‘That’s my son,’ and he just said, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Linda Uhl said. “I said, ‘That’s my son, that’s the one that is going to play college ball.’ He said, ‘You’re right, he will.’”
SInce then, Griffin Uhl has continued to surprise people with his ability, strength and skill, despite not playing a down of high school football. He’s proven to coaches and recruiters across the country that he is capable of playing NCAA Division I college football. More than one coach has offered to basically adopt him so he could play on their high school football team. But before any of that, he had to prove to himself that he could play with the big boys.