• Cal Brown

Lideatrick Griffin overcomes injury, represents Philadelphia in Elite 10

Lideatrick Griffin eludes defenders during an MHSAA high school football game. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Football)

For the Philadelphia Tornadoes, most of their offensive production last season was brought by superstar athlete, Lideatrick Griffin.

Griffin was named as the eighth member of the SES Mississippi Elite 10 on Monday. The Elite 10 is put forth by the staff of SES Mississippi each offseason, spanning a 10-week period from early June to the first Monday of MHSAA fall practice. A new member is announced at 10 a.m. each Monday morning.

Griffin joins Madison Central’s Jimmy Holiday, Greenville St. Joseph’s Dillon Johnson, George County’s McKinnley Jackson, Oxford’s J.J. Pegues, Brandon’s Will Rogers, South Panola’s Janari Dean and Horn Lake’s Josaih Hayes in this year’s installment.

In 2018, Griffin racked up 768 receiving yards and two touchdowns along with rushing for 507 yards and five touchdowns.

“It feels really good being named to the Elite 10 because I worked so hard for the opportunity,” Griffin said.

For his senior season, Griffin’s goals are to become a better leader, focus on his grades and ultimately win the state championship.

Griffin currently has six Division I offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Memphis, Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State, who he recommitted to in late June.

During the 2018 season, Griffin took a scary hit in a game against Quitman where he landed on his neck. It was feared that he had suffered a serious neck injury, but he checked out okay at the hospital and went home that night. He still sat out the next week as a precaution.

“I’m really blessed to still be able to play football,” Griffin said. “The only thing that was running through my head was ‘Is this it? Am I done for good?’ I was really scared but God had me in his arms.”

Although his high school career comes to a close this fall, Griffin looked back on some things that have helped get to where he is today.

“Late nights on the football field,” Griffin said. “My mom pushing me to be great and knowing I have a son on the way, it’s more motivation to go even harder at what I do.”

The ninth member of the 2019 Elite 10 will be announced on July 29 at 10 a.m.

Follow Cal on Twitter at @CalBrownSES.

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