When Prep Rally last checked in with Trey Griffey, the Kid's kid was reflecting on his favorite athlete (not his Dad) and preparing for what was shaping up as a make-or-break senior season. Two-and-a-half months later, the youngest Griffey male has etched his name in the record books of his Florida high school.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel and a handful of other outlets, Trey Griffey set a Dr. Phillips school record for receptions in a single game with 13 catches and a school record for receiving yards in a single game with 188 in his Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High's 56-42 victory against Freedom (Fla.) High. The wild win clinched a Class 8A, District 5 title for the Panthers, with Griffey scoring four of the numerous touchdowns that came across the course of the game.
You can see highlights of Griffey's performance -- which (unsurprisingly) earned him the team's Player of the Game award -- right here, courtesy of the Sentinel, and more of his senior highlights right here.
"Trey had a tremendous game," Dr. Phillips quarterback Nick Patti told the Sentinel. "He is one of the best receivers around here."
It's becoming clear that Griffey may be more than just one of the best receiver's in the area, he might be one of the more underrated receivers in the country. That's astonishing, considering both his pedigree and pure athleticism. The senior has expressed interest in playing for the likes of Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA, but only holds major conference Division I offers from Iowa State, Washington State and, most significantly, Michigan State.
Given his ability to stand out in a track meet of a game, a spot at Oregon -- which would bring Trey Griffey back to the Northwest, where his father played his best baseball -- might not be as much of a stretch as some had previously imagined.
"Right now I'm just taking calls from colleges and when the season's over I'll start visiting colleges that have been calling me," Griffey told the Sentinel.
It's hard to find fault with that approach. After all, the son and grandson of two baseball legends still has plenty of football left to play, and plenty more yards-after-catch to pile up.
"It's a big thing, our coach tells us," Griffey told the Sentinel about his elusive ability after he makes a catch. "He says, 'If you catch a 3-yard pass, make it 5, get 5 yards out of it. That's all you gotta do. Because 5 yards and 5 yards, that's a first down right there,' so that's a big thing that we are focused on.
"I'm looking forward to the playoff atmosphere. Really just getting to play against some of the best teams in the state. You don't always play against the best teams in the regular season, but now we'll be playing the best each time out."
If he keeps putting up numbers like he did on Friday, it seems the forthcoming playoffs will hardly be the last time Trey Griffey steps into that tense, playoff atmosphere.