JJ Givens’ first major FBS scholarship offer came last summer, when Virginia Tech extended an offer following the Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA) defensive back’s impressive performance at the Hokies’ July one-day camp. Fast forward eight months, and the 6’2”, 175-pound prospect now boasts 11 scholarship offers in total.
In addition to Virginia Tech, “I have offers from Arizona State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan, Wake Forest, Indiana, and Maryland just offered. Louisville, JMU and Liberty have offered, too,” Givens said.
Virginia Tech is recruiting Givens as a cornerback; however, the versatile defensive back says some schools like him as a safety.
“I legitimately feel like I can play either one,” Givens said when asked if he felt more comfortable at corner or safety.
Givens helped Atlee to an 8-3 season in 2014. The Raiders finished 8-2 in the regular season before falling to eventual state champion L.C. Bird in the first round of the regional playoffs. Givens of course has recruiting on his mind, but it is not the number one priority for the rising senior.
“I think about [recruiting] a lot, but honestly I put it to the side,” Givens said. “I want the team to succeed. I don’t even care about national accolades and all that stuff. I want to commit before the beginning of my senior season, so that should give me enough time to evaluate schools.”
Discussing Atlee’s upcoming season, Givens said: “We lost a lot of key guys, but I feel like the team this year will play with a lot more concentration. We have a great group of young guys. We have a lot of 2017 prospects.”
Givens has not made a return trip to Virginia Tech this year. He says, though, that he hopes to be in attendance for the Spring Game in April. In addition to letters – Givens receives one a day from the Hokies – Virginia Tech is staying in consistent contact with the standout junior. More specifically, Givens says he speaks with Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray twice a month.
“Coach Gray’s the man,” Givens said. “He also has that experience on the next level, so he knows what he’s talking about. He communicates well, and that’s what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a good player/coach relationship.”
Where does Virginia Tech stand right now with Givens?
“Virginia Tech is still definitely there because they were the first to offer,”...
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