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Louisville lands Harvard DL Thor Griffith

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Jeff Brohm added the second major piece to his transfer class on Sunday when he landed a commitment from Harvard defensive lineman transfer Thor Griffith.

Griffith spent four seasons at Harvard, where he established himself as a legitimate NFL prospect by logging 33.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks to go with 132 tackles. Despite being an FCS player, he landed at No. 8 in The Athletic’s preseason “freaks list.”

8. Thor Griffith, Harvard, defensive tackle

A former state champion wrestler and youth hockey standout who once was a member of the Boston Jr. Bruins that played in the famed 2011 Brick Tournament, where almost half of the 2019 NHL first round squared off, Griffith has emerged as a dominant force for the Harvard defense. In 2022, he piled up 12 TFLs and five sacks. “We haven’t blocked him in like two years,” one Ivy League coach told The Athletic this month, on the condition of anonymity for competitive reasons.

The 6-2, 320-pound powerhouse, who packed on 10 more pounds this offseason thanks to a diet, he says, of 6,000-8,000 calories a day, bench-pressed 225 pounds 45 times and improved his 40-time two-tenths of a second from a year ago, down to 4.95. His 10-yard split is 1.65 to go with a 4.57 pro shuttle time. To put that in perspective, Oklahoma’s Jalen Redmond, almost 30 pounds lighter, clocked the fastest time among defensive tackles at this year’s NFL combine, going 4.51 in the shuttle.

Thor says it was his dad’s idea to give him that name. “He’s big into comics, and I guess he had a little foresight too,” he says.

Griffith had offers from virtually every major FBS program, but chose Louisville after visiting over the weekend.

“For me this is purely a football decision. I’m going to get the Harvard degree,” Griffith told ESPN. “It would be nice to get an MBA, but I already have the academic piece.”

While the commitment of Texas Tech transfer QB Tyler Shough generated more conversation because of the position he plays, you can easily make the case that the addition of Griffith might be the more important one when it comes to Louisville’s likelihood of success in 2024.

Welcome aboard, Thor.