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Jabril Griffin led North Meck with six interceptions last fall, including this one he returned against Hopewell.

The N.C. Coaches Association’s annual East-West All-Star games are coming up in Greensboro, and North Meck High’s Jabril Griffin is excited to get back on the gridiron.

Griffin will play in the East-West football game July 18 at Grimsley High’s Jamieson Stadium, where he will be joined by fellow standouts from the class of 2018.

“I think it’s going to be a great experience,” Griffin said. “I’m excited and curious for what it’s going to be like.”

Griffin was a three-sport athlete at North Meck, and he has signed to play football at Winston-Salem State. He said he loved competing in all the basketball and track and field as well, but “football gave me more of a promising future.”

As a senior defensive back, Griffin had a team-high six interceptions to help the Vikings win nine games and have their best season in more than a decade. He also played receiver, where he caught 27 passes and scored two touchdowns. Early in a 19-6 win over West Charlotte in September, Griffin intercepted a pass near the Vikings’ goal line, which not only stopped the Lions but led to North’s first score. Then, in the fourth quarter, he caught an Aaron Scott pass across the middle and raced 72 yards for touchdown.

“He just has a knack for finding the ball offensively and defensively,” North coach Eric Morman said that night.

Griffin is proud to have been a part of a program that tripled its win total in 2017. The Vikings finished 9-4, with a first-round state playoff win over Richmond, the program’s first postseason victory in 11 seasons. And North proved it could play with anyone. The Vikings finished with two single-digit losses to state finalist Mallard Creek and a one-point loss to state semifinalist Hough.

“The whole environment around North Meck football has changed,” Griffin said.

Griffin also played a key role for North Meck’s 27-2 basketball team. He came off the bench for the I-Meck Conference champions and was relied upon for his athleticism in the Vikings’ pressure defense. In the spring, Griffin qualified for the 4A state track and field championships as a high jumper. He placed seventh in the state with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches.

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