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National Signing Day 2015: ILB Jordan Griffin flips to Vanderbilt from Wisconsin

The loss of the talented inside linebacker hurts for Wisconsin.

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The trend was heading toward this decision, and Wednesday it was finalized. Seffner, Fla. (Armwood), three-star inside linebacker Jordan Griffin announced during the Armwood National Signing Day commitment ceremony that he is going to attend Vanderbilt.

Griffin had a big senior season with 139 tackles and nine sacks, and was considered to be a contender to start from day one for Wisconsin. The Badgers brought every defensive coach to the Griffin home in an attempt to keep him a Badger after Paul Chryst was hired, but ultimately, a visit to Vanderbilt was able to sway him.

For the Badgers, there are still two inside linebackers with good skills who could contend for early playing time in DeSoto, Texas, tackling machine Chris Orr and IMG Acadamy (Bradenton, Fla.) early enrollee Nick Thomas. But it's undeniable, however, that Griffin's decommitment is a decision that hurts UW. According to 247Sports, Wisconsin's 2015 class dropped one spot to No. 36 after losing Griffin

The Badgers will get a final decision from Dallas (South Oak Cliff) running back Jordan Stevenson this morning and are widely expected to get a commitment from four-star Atlanta outside linebacker Arrington Farrar sometime this afternoon.