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NC State picks up transfer safety Stephen Griffin

Good get for a secondary in need of some help in the future.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NC State announced Monday the addition of former Tennessee safety Stephen Griffin to the roster. Griffin is an undergraduate transfer, which means he will have to sit out the 2017 season, but after redshirting this year, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.

Griffin spent two seasons with the Volunteers, and mostly served as a reserve in the secondary. He played in 11 games as a sophomore in 2016 and recorded 13 tackles and two passes broken up.

The 6’2, 205-pounder was a three-star prospect out of high school and a top-30 player in the state of North Carolina. He had a nice offer sheet that included Clemson, UNC, Georgia Tech, and Duke—plus Tennessee and NC State, of course.

The Wolfpack will lose safety Shawn Boone to graduation following the 2017 season, providing the opportunity for Griffin to potentially step right into a significant role in the secondary. The Pack can definitely use the added help there.