WACO, Texas (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III met again Monday with his coach as he decides whether he will declare for the NFL draft.
Griffin is projected to be one of the top picks in April if he declares for the draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Sunday.
“It’s a situation where he’s really contemplating what he feels like is the thing that’s going to give him peace,” coach Art Briles said.
Baylor this season matched a school record with 10 wins and won its last six games, including a record-breaking 67-56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl. Griffin was the nation’s most efficient passer, throwing for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He ran for 699 yards and 10 more scores.
Briles said he is for whatever Griffin feels is the right thing to do, whether it’s the NFL or coming back to play as a senior at Baylor.
“Like I told him from day one, I don’t want to be any influence on it,” Briles said. “My goal for him is for him to be successful and fulfill all of his dreams. If that dream is going to the NFL right now, that’s great.”
After meeting last week, Griffin and Briles met again on the day a new semester of classes started on the Waco campus.
Griffin, who arrived at Baylor in January 2008 after graduating high school a semester early, got his undergraduate degree in political sciences in December 2010 and is working on a masters in communication.
Griffin, who played this season as a fourth-year junior, has another of year of eligibility remaining at Baylor because he got a medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the 2009 season.
In 41 games for the Bears, he has completed 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He has run for 2,254 yards and 33 TDs and set at least 46 school records.