May 20, 2013
February Signing Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jack Griffin of Beverley, England, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Bears, the Missouri State men's soccer program announced Monday (May 20). Griffin will be a freshman in the fall for the 2013 season at MSU.
Griffin joins a Missouri State squad that is already loaded with talent from across the North Atlantic Ocean. A graduate of the Beverley Grammar School, Griffin becomes the seventh player from England on the current men's soccer roster.
He is one of five newcomers looking to make an impact on the Bears' team that went 5-8-4 last season. That list also includes a pair of New Zealand athletes and two in-state standouts.<
Jack Griffin | M | Beverley, England | Beverley Grammar School
Griffin will start his career with the Bears as a central midfielder after playing the same position for the Grimsby Town F.C. He signed with Grimsby in 2008, despite interest from Hull City A.F.C. In his second year with the Grimsby Town youth team, Griffin scored 10 goals and was a fixture on the reserve team. The midfielder also captained his school team to three successive league titles as well as a Smails Cup victory for his district team in 2008.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Griffin:
"Jack is a strong central midfielder. He has a good record over the last two years, impressed during in-person evaluation, and comes highly recommended. He has a strong personality, a good academic record, and several leadership qualities. From the moment we first spoke to him, he expressed a strong desire to be an MSU Bear and we are thrilled to make that a reality."