Lackey (Indian Head, MD) cornerback recruit Darrell Givens attended a junior day event at the University of Maryland this past Saturday, but he wasn’t able to make Sunday’s junior day at UVa. The 6-0, 179-pound junior discussed his trip to Maryland, where he plans to go next and when a college decision could come.
The experience in College Park did not do much for the University of Maryland, which appears to be on the outside looking in at this time.
“Maryland was okay,” Givens said. “I liked it more than I thought I would. I just couldn’t see myself at Maryland for four years. The environment at Maryland is good because I know people there and it is close to home, but I’m just not too high on Maryland right now.”
Givens is high on four schools in particular.
“I have a top four. In no particular order, they are Miami, Ohio State, Rutgers and Virginia,” said Givens, who acknowledged that this isn’t a final four.
In our last interview, the state of Maryland star stated that he would like to have made a college choice by the end of summer. A decision could come much sooner than that.
“I was going to make a decision on April 1st, but I think I’ll wait right now. I think I’ll wait at least until I make visits to Virginia, Miami and Ohio State,” Givens said. “A decision will probably come around August, but I could make a decision if everything feels right on a visit.”
Givens came close to making a decision earlier this year.
“Rutgers was my first junior day visit and I liked it a whole lot,” Givens said. “Actually, I almost committed on the spot. I thought about it and decided that I have to make sure I make some more visits before I decide anything.”
Up next in terms of visits is a trip to Ohio State on March 9th. Then, Givens plans to visit the University of Miami on March 28th and 29th. He is not sure when he will visit UVa, but it could also come sometime in March.
“I’ve liked Virginia for a long time, since the first time I went there for the 7-on-7 tournament [last summer],” Givens said. “I always liked Virginia when Coach [Mike] London was recruiting me. With him recruiting me, it was easier for me to like Virginia more. Now that he has left, I’ve kind of built a strong relationship with Coach Poindexter. Also, a former teammate of mine, Devin Wallace, is going there...
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