Sense of relief for ESPN 150 TE Griffin

ESPN 150 tight end Derrick Griffin (23), a Miami signee, flashes "The U" hand signal after scoring 31 points for Rosenberg (Texas) Terry High School in an overtime playoff game win over Houston Wheatley High School on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Sam Khan Jr./ESPN

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- With the clock showing triple zeroes and the score in his team's favor, Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry) began streaking down the court at Buddy Hopson Fieldhouse, removing his jersey top and revealing an ear-to-ear grin in the process. He couldn't contain himself.

After celebrating for several minutes with his teammates and coaches, the Miami signee turned toward the Terry student section and connected his thumbs, with his fingers on both hands pointed skyward, forming the hand signal known as "The U."

It was as jubilant a moment as the dual-sport star has had in some time. For two weeks, Griffin was mired in uncertainty, not knowing where his athletic future lay. An ESPN 150 football prospect, Griffin did not sign with a college on Feb. 6 -- national signing day -- because he did not have a letter of intent to sign.