Moose Griffith is far from the most heralded member of Miami’s Class of 2018. He just might be the strongest, though.
Committed to the Hurricanes as a preferred walk-on, Griffith finished second in Class 2A at the Florida High School Athletic Association boys weightlifting championships Saturday. The heavyweight lifted a total of 785 pounds in the bench press, and clean and jerk, which placed him 95 pounds out of first place, but 80 ahead of third.
Griffith began the day at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach by weighing in at 310 pounds. The unranked guard from Sarasota’s Riverview High School played his senior season listed at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds.
Griffith put up 445 pounds on the bench press, good for third in his weight class. The senior followed it with an even better performance in the clean and jerk. Griffith lifted 340 pounds, good for second in his division.
Griffith entered his final weightlifting season searching for a silver medal. Devin Leacock of Punta Gorda’s Charlotte High School entered the year as the overwhelming favorite after winning the 2A heavyweight title as a junior in 2017. Leacock, who is also a 3-star defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings, put together an even more special senior season. The South Florida-bound heavyweight broke the Florida clean and jerk record with 410 pounds, and shattered the state record with a total of 880. The previous record was 830, set 14 years ago.
Griffith, who played both guard and tackle for Riverview, wasn’t the only Miami-bound offensive lineman to medal this weekend. Cleveland Reed, a 4-star guard and Under Armour All-American, participated in the heavyweight division of the Class 1A championship Friday.
Reed weighed in at 350.2 pounds — he played his senior season at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School listed at 6-4, 325 pounds — then hit a personal-best 420 pounds on the bench press, good for third in his division. The senior then followed it up with a 275-pound clean and jerk to finish with a total of 695. His performance landed him a fourth-place medal to go along with his district and region championships. Reed, who also played tackle and defensive tackle in addition to guard, finished 80 pounds behind champion Jakob Alvarez of Starke’s Bradford High School.
Both Griffith and Reed are set to join the Hurricanes in May. Griffith ultimately picked Miami over an offer from Yale, an Ivy League school that competes in the FCS. Griffith also claimed scholarship offers from Air Force, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Southern Mississippi. Stanford also expressed interest in the soon-to-be walk-on. Griffith committed to the Hurricanes on Jan. 27 and was introduced by Miami as a commitment on National Signing Day.
Reed, meanwhile, was one of the most coveted offensive linemen in Florida. The No. 12 guard in the 247Sports composite, Reed participated in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 and picked the Hurricanes from a host of major offers. Louisville, North Carolina, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Southern California, Oregon, USF and Florida International all recruited the blue-chip offensive lineman. He signed with the Hurricanes in December during the early signing period.