Scout.com is reporting that Rob Ash’s Montana State football staff is recruiting Mitch Griebel of Heritage high school in Littleton Colorado. Griebel (6-0 and 180 pounds) is a two way player for Heritage, having played defensive back, quarterback, punter and punt returner, but has made his name as a quarterback for his high school team. Scout.com has him listed as a quarterback prospect while rivals list him as an athlete. From what I can gather I believe most colleges are recruited as defensive back, quarterback or slot receiver with the higher level schools looking at him at the DB spot.
Griebel is an absolute stat monster having accumulated decent number in almost every category. As an offensive player he completes 67 passes on 131 attempts for a 51% completion percentage, had a total 1059 yards passing (with 12 TDs) and 110 yards rushing (with 10 TDs). On defense he had 34 tackles, 35 assists, and 2 interceptions. On special teams he had 17 punts with a 30 yard average, and then returned 9 punts for a 27 yard per return average. The other thing to note as a sophomore his stats were better in almost every category.
For his efforts Griebel earned All-League and All-State honors for his play as a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner the past two seasons. He also led Heritage to a 20-4 record the past two years.
Here is an evaluation from ESPN:
Griebel is a solid quarterback who plays the game with confidence and makes good decisions. Overall is natural athlete who may also get recruited to play safety. He is undersized for the quarterback position but plays the game with great effort. Doesn’t possess the strongest arm but it is more than adequate. Throws the fade route very well and places the football in a spot where it can’t be picked off; receiver can make a play or it will be over thrown. Very accurate in the underneath zones between the hashes; demonstrates the ability to place the ball in the right spots on the slants, hook and curls. Steps up in the pocket when feeling pressure and is athletic enough to avoid the sack. Very solid at the option play in terms of handing off or keeping the football. Doesn’t possess great speed but has some success breaking tackles and cutting the ball back across the grain. Quick feet and football intelligence allows him to make positive yardage when in traffic. Performs especially well in the red zone both in the run and the pass game. On defense, he flashes above average range and breaking quickness from his high-point safety position. Positions himself correctly and finds the ball well in coverage. Shows good high-point and ball skills. Comes up quickly on run support and is a solid tackler. Better breaking on the ball in front of him than flipping his hips to transition and run vertically. Would like to see a bit more explosiveness off the hash to get over the top of routes at the next level and feel his speed may be tested if isolated one-on-one versus quicker slots. That said, Griebel is an active football player who is football savvy and plays a step above his natural abilities. A winner and can be a very productive player if in the right collegiate environment.
Mitch Griebel is an excellent student and has garnered a lot of attention from a wide variety of schools. Currently he holds one offer from Air Force, but is being heavily recruited Montana State as well as South Dakota. Other schools showing an interest are Kansas State, Colorado State, Kansas State Wyoming Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown