GLENS FALLS — Josh Griffen’s senior season of football culminated in a state championship, but it wasn’t exactly the season he had envisioned.
After two years as Glens Falls’ starting quarterback, he was beaten out for the job by his cousin, Joseph Girard III. He still saw action, but in more of a reserve role on a 13-0 powerhouse.
Still, Griffen’s athleticism and gritty play over a three-year varsity career was enough to impress college coaches. On Monday, he signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Wagner College.
“It was a very good fit from an academic and athletic standpoint,” Griffen said. “Being Division I was a big thing, and they have a very good business department, with internships in Manhattan.”
Wagner, located on Staten Island, is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) program. The Seahawks are coming off a 6-5 season under head coach Jason Houghtaling.
Griffen said he is receiving a partial scholarship worth about $15,000 his first year.
“They’ll reevaluate me at the end of each season and depending on my performance I could get more,” he said.
Griffen, who played primarily quarterback and defensive back in high school, said Houghtaling recruited him as an athlete.
“I could play on special teams and defense and maybe rotate in on third downs,” Griffen said. “He has a belief that I can play at this level. I just want to be on the field. I feel like I’m ready for the college game — that’s always been one of my goals.”
Griffen said that the University at Albany, Lafayette and Cornell, and Division II St. Anselm, had expressed interest in him in high school.
He also said he’s looking forward to Wagner’s schedule, which includes FBS opponents Western Michigan this year, Syracuse in 2018 and Connecticut in 2019.
“Even though they play in FCS, two of the last four years they made the playoffs,” Griffen said. “They’re on the rise and they’re young.”