HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One of the top girls basketball recruits in the state will dawn the black and red and play for the University of Georgia starting next season. Tiaria Griffin, a Hattiesburg guard, signed her letter of intent at Hattiesburg High School on Wednesday, choosing Georgia over such schools as Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
"Georgia was my first option to come to mind," said Griffin, "they have a good coaching staff, and I just think they a really good athletic program."
Sitting right beside Griffin was her teammate Alexie Baldwin, who also signed a letter of intent. Baldwin will head north to Jackson to play for Jackson State. "I like the program," Baldwin said, "They have a really good coaching staff, good team, and I feel like I can go and make an impact."
Griffin and Baldwin are the second and third players from Hattiesburg, respectively, to sign letters of intent for college teams in two days. Just the day before, their teammate Jessica Wilson committed to play her college ball in Louisiana. "I'm expecting great things," Wilson said.
As those three made plans to leave Hattiesburg, another made her plans to stay right in the Hub City and play for the black and gold. Oak Grove senior Teri Berry signed a letter of intent to play for Southern Miss next season.
The forward feels she's put a lot of work into her playing career, and she's happy she'll get a chance to showcase that work at the next level. "I always wanted to go to a school of that level, work hard enough to go to that school," she shared, "So I feel like I deserved it, and I just want to continue moving on and pushing forward to do better."