Trey Griffey, Son of Junior, Is Football Prospect
Trey Griffey, the son of baseball superstar Ken Griffey Jr., is a rising high school football prospect in Florida.
While his father and grandfather, Ken Griffey Sr., made their names catching baseballs in the outfield, Trey has shown more interest in catching footballs as a wide receiver.
So far, Trey’s lone Division I offer is from Florida International, but he’s transferring to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School - which has produced many recent Division I players - for his senior season. Dr. Phillips boasts Nick Patti, who is tabbed as a future Division I quarterback. According to Rivals, Griffey is being recruited by Oregon, UCLA, Washington State, UCF and Indiana.
Trey’s family ties give him a leg up in many respects. It’s likely some schools would bank on Trey’s athletic ability being hereditary, no matter what sport he’s playing. In addition, his father’s counsel - as someone who has dealt with sports at its highest level - is invaluable.
Remember, Griffey Jr. burst on the scene around Trey’s age with the Seattle Mariners, with whom he became the best player in baseball at just 19. Could his son hit a similar stride (relatively speaking)?
Trey’s famous father shouldn’t be what’s most attractive to schools. Based on his highlight video, the kid can play. So, while he’s not “The Kid,” the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Trey has a lot of talent.
However, if football doesn’t work out, Trey reportedly has had a standing offer from the Mariners since, get this, 1994. Former Mariners manager Woody Woodward allegedly sent Trey a contract dated 2012 when he was born, according to the Dr. Saturday blog.
And Trey spent many of his childhood summers on the field and in the clubhouse with his father. He even served as a bat boy for Team USA during the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Peter Gammons, baseball’s unofficial spokesman, predicted years ago that Trey would be the top pick in the 2012 MLB draft. It doesn’t look like that will be the case.
But no matter the sport, if the youngest Griffey can fly around and over things to catch a football like his dad did for a baseball, his future school will be doing back-flips.
Just like tiny Quinnipiac would do if Mariano Rivera Jr. is even close to his father, the youngest Griffey only has to have a fraction of the success of his dad to succeed in college.