It was only a matter of time before a major college football program took a chance on Hutto's Chase Griffin.
The 5-foot-10, 186-pound quarterback may not fit the prototypical build for his position, but UCLA head coach Chip Kelly was hardly deterred. After impressing at a private camp Thursday in Los Angeles, Griffin was invited to Kelly's office and received his first Power Five offer.
Griffin immediately jumped at the opportunity, becoming the first commit for Kelly in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
"We went back down on the field to take pictures in the jersey after a long talk in coach Kelly’s office," Griffin told the Austin American-Statesman. "I sort of knew … but when I took those pictures it hit me that this is where I want to play, and these are the coaches I want to be around."
Griffin also had offers on the table from a host of Ivy League schools, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale, as well as North Texas and Incarnate Word.
But a return to Los Angeles just felt right for Griffin, who was born at UCLA Medical Center and lived near the campus for five years before moving to Central Texas.
"I've always felt like home was in L.A., especially when I go back," he said. "I just really feel great there and it's a blessing to be able to go to the best school in Los Angeles and California."
With Griffin under center, Hutto went 11-2 and reached the regional quarterfinals last year. The incoming senior threw for 4,138 yards and 40 touchdowns with only four interceptions, earning offensive MVP honors in District 19-5A.
"Chase has trained more hours than any other high school player I’ve ever met," Hutto coach Brad LaPlante said. "His best feature is that he makes the players around him better."
A few of those players – Jalen Mays (Grand View), Carrington Mitchell (Dordt College) and Chux Nwabuko (Howard) – have also received collegiate offers this week.
With such a talented supporting cast around him, Griffin has high hopes for the Hippos this fall.
"My expectation is 16-0 and a state championship," Griffin said. "The offense will be great and high-powered. Our defense is improving, and our front seven is dynamic."