Griffin is living out a rare opportunity. He's constantly surrounded by rising quarterbacks from all over the country. He gets to ride their roller coaster, to be a part of their moment. In time, it will be his turn.
Where will Chase Griffin be in five years? Whitfield, his peers and his pupils ponder this question all the time. An awful lot of famous folks will be watching closely and proudly.
"That's the most anticipated thing," Whitfield said. "What happens when his voice drops, and he's 6-foot-2? Is he going to leave football? What is he going to become? Everybody is excited to be on hand for that. There's no telling.
"I do know this: I will come out of football to go be his campaign adviser when it's time to make that run. I'm very serious."
Someday, perhaps, they'll all be riding Chase's coattails.