Football: Brighton's Griffeth heading to Wisconsin Lutheran

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                The combination of computer science studies and the chance to continue to play football was enough to convince Brighton High School quarterback Nate Griffeth where he wanted to go to school in the fall.

                “I chose Wisconsin Lutheran because I felt as if the coaches really cared about me and my success in the future,” he said. “And I believed WLC would give me the best opportunity to grow academically and athletically.”

                Griffeth visited the campus.

                “I enjoyed every second of the trip,” he said. “And after I went, I felt as if WLC had a special place in my heart, and it just felt like home. I knew I wanted to go there.”

                He also met some of his new coaches.

                “They were very excited to see me and they really believed in my potential and wanted me there,” Griffeth said. “I also met my counselor, who was nothing but tremendous and would help with anything I needed.”

                Griffeth received offers from Ottawa University in Kansas and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Indiana, as well.

            “Distance from didn’t really play part in my choice because all of my choices were equal distance away from and were all pretty far,” Griffeth said. “I just wanted the opportunity to play somewhere, and if I felt like somewhere was the right place, I would’ve chose it no matter what.”

            Griffeth joined a long list of high-school athletes who waded their way through pandemic-caused recruiting.

            “Recruiting in the pandemic was definitely strange and it was a lot of online stuff and not in person due to COVID,” Griffeth said. “Due to COVID, eligible college athlete got an extra year of eligibility, so there were less roster spots and it was harder to get offers. Most colleges I went with online visits and not in person, which I would’ve preferred.”

            That wasn’t the only thing that Griffeth encountered during his recruiting process.

            “I was scared that I might not receive any offers. The idea of college seemed so frightening, and choosing a college and making the right choice made me nervous,” Griffeth said. “But as senior year has gone on and I’ve grown as a person and I’ve committed, I’m nothing but excited for this new part of my life which is WLC.”

            Griffeth wants to study computer science and, potentially, return to Denver for a job in his chosen field of study once college concludes.

            “I want to thank my friends and coaches who have helped me along my journey,” Griffeth said. “And I want to thank my older brother, Alex who is my role model and the best big brother anyone could ever ask for. I want to thank my dad, who is my harshest critic but biggest supporter, and my mom who is my biggest cheerleader and my anchor.”

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