Top CB Givens Holds 11 Offers

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With 11 Division 1A scholarship offers in the fold already, Darrell Givens is well on his way to being one of the most highly recruited cornerbacks in the East and perhaps the country. The 6-0, 179-pound junior turned in an excellent performance this past season, totaling 82 tackles with seven pass deflections, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, one punt return touchdown and one kick return touchdown.

Givens, who claims to run a consistent 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash, attended Friendly High School in Fort Washington (MD) his freshman and sophomore years. He gained valuable experience there, playing with a handful of Division 1A recruits. He also played on Friendly’s state championship 2006 squad. Givens transferred to Lackey High School (Indian Head, MD) before the beginning of his junior year and certainly made his presence felt.

“What makes me stand out from a lot of others is first off my size,” Givens said. “I wouldn’t say it is rare, but it is easier to find a 5-9 corner than a 6-0 corner. Then, when I want to play man coverage, my long arms help me out a lot. Another thing is how physical I play. If I’m in one-on-one coverage, I play physical.”

Signing Day for the 2009 class is still almost a year away, but the talented cornerback admits that he is paying serious attention to recruiting in hopes of making a college choice this summer.

“Every day, I’m thinking about the positives and negatives of each school. I’m looking to make a decision in August, so I’m thinking about it a lot,” Givens said. “I want to make an early commitment because I don’t want to think about recruiting in my senior season. I want to get the process done with so I can focus on my senior season and my academics.”

Givens has attended junior days at Boston College and Rutgers, respectively. He plans to travel to Ohio State for a junior day on March 9th, but first he plans to be in Charlottesville this Sunday for UVa’s junior day.

“The only time I’ve been to Virginia was for a 7-on-7 passing tournament,” Givens said. “My primary recruiter is Coach Poindexter. He is a cool person. He reminds me of Coach London, who was my primary recruiter before. Both are laid back guys.”

Givens’ most recent scholarship offer came from the University of Miami, which joins Akron, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio