Mission Viejo football star Olaijah Griffin didn’t have to go far to learn how to regulate the extra recruiting attention that has followed his meteoric rise up the prospect charts. After all, his father is responsible for giving the phrase its extra oomph.
Griffin is a sophomore cornerback at Mission Viejo. He was a major contributor to a state champion squad in just his second year in high school, and his first as a varsity football player. Yet Griffin is known for something more than just his sheer athleticism and talent on the field, too: He’s the son of longtime rapper Warren G, who has famously collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and just about every other significant rapper to emerge from the West Coast scene.
Scout rates Griffin as a four-star prospect, and his highlight reel and work ethic do little to discourage that assessment. While he still has two varsity seasons remaining, Griffin alreadyholds scholarship offers from the likes of UCLA, Oregon and Cal. Not too shabby.
At 6-foot and 170 pounds, Griffin isn’t a bruiser, nor is he likely to suddenly sprout up to 6-foot-8. That’s ok, because his athleticism alone makes Griffin a bona fide blue chip prospect.
It doesn’t hurt that his father is Dr. Dre’s step-brother and one of the most famous names in the rap game.