During afternoon drills at the Virginia Tech’s July 14 one-day camp, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray joked with prospect JJ Givens.
“He finally caught one,” Gray shouted with a smile.
With a laugh, Givens retreated to the back of the line to await his next drill. The Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA) rising junior defensive back had more reason to smile after the camp, when he received a scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer.
“It’s just a blessing. I love it,” Givens said of the Tech offer.
“Got two (scholarship offers) under my belt in the class of 2016.”
Liberty was the first school to offer Givens. Virginia Tech was the second and is recruiting the 6’2”, 175-pound prospect as a defensive back. According to Givens, Coach Gray believes he could play safety or cornerback.
Of the Tech camp, Givens said: “It was a really great experience. I got great work with a whole bunch of great players.”
Atlee, a school that has produced FBS talent in the past (last year, the Raiders boasted Florida State-bound lineman Alec Eberle), had a great 2013 season, finishing with an 11-2 record. Givens will be looked to as one of the team’s top players in 2014.
“[Coach Roscoe Johnson] just wants me to play very physical. Man, zone… whatever role my team wants me to play I’ll play to the best of my ability and get the W,” Givens said.
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