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'25 Top-Ranked DL Elijah Griffin Names Louisville to Top 12

The defensive tackle from Georgia is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2025.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville football program's efforts out on the recruiting trail have put them in the mix for one of the top prospects in the Class of 2025.

Savannah (Ga.) Christian Prep defensive lineman Elijah Griffin, who is the No. 1 defensive lineman in the nation according to multiple recruiting service, announced his list of top 12 schools on Sunday night, and the Cardinals have made the cut.

The rest of his top schools are a who's who of college football blue bloods. Alabama, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon, South Carolina and USC are also in the mix.

Not only is the 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive tackle a consensus five-star prospect in the cycle, he is a consensus top-10 recruit in the nation by the four major recruiting services. In fact, he ranks as high as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2025 according to On3, behind only Belleville (Mich.) HS quarterback Bryce Udnerwood.

Landing Griffin would, without hyperbole, be the biggest recruiting win in the history of the Louisville football program. With a 247Sports Composite rating of 0.9989, he would be Louisville's highest-ranked prospect in the modern recruiting era, besting Michael Bush’s 0.9942 rating in the Class of 2003.

There's a reason he is so highly regarded in the class. During his junior campaign for Savannah Christian Prep, he was consistently in the backfield, amassing 97 total tackles, a whopping 31.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. He helped the Raiders go 12-3 during the 2023 season, including a berth in the Georgia Class 3A Championship, ultimately falling 49-28 to Cedar Grove.

Louisville currently sports a three-man 2025 recruiting class, with Oxford (Ala). HS quarterback Mason Mims, Goshen (Ky.) North Oldham offensive linemen Gradey Anthony and Westerville (Oh.) North offensive lineman Jake Cook in the mix.

(Photo of Elijah Griffin via On3)

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