HOUSTON -- Wednesday was a big day for high school athletes and college football fans across the country, as student athletes committed to colleges and universities on National Signing Day.

Derrick Griffin from Rosenberg Terry High School did not sign on Wednesday, but, he's hoping to soon.

On the football field, Griffin looks like a man amongst boys as a 6 7 wide receiver. On the basketball court, he's an athletic big man. But with his little brothers, Damarion and Darian, around, along with little sister Amillion, Griffin has also honed his domestic skills.

They were all in Pampers, so I changed their diapers, said Griffin. I was the father figure and taking care of them.

That was 10 years ago. His mother went off to prison, and at age nine, Derrick was the man of the house. But then his great-grandmother Ozel Grunwald, stepped in.

It was a real trial to let him know that he was a child and not a grown up, Ozel said.

Ozel has raised Derrick and his siblings ever since.She's watched Derrick grow into a basketball and football standout in high school.

If everything goes as planned, I'll go to A&M, said Griffin.

He ll have to get his grades in line this semester.

Even though she's been away for a long time, Griffin thinks about his mother regularly.

My dream is to be drafted and to see my mom in the audience, said Griffin. That's my dream.?

A dream that stays alive thanks in large part to a loving great-grandmother.

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