Offensive Line, Class of 2020
Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, VA
A year can make a world of difference, and Gunner Givens is a prime example. He’ll tell you the same.
Last year as a freshman at Covington (Va.), Givens weighed 290 pounds and played offensive tackle. At 6’6” and 260 pounds, he’s slimmed down enough and shown enough potential to the coaching staff at his new school, Lord Botetourt (Va.), that he’s now a tight end.
Offensive line might still be where he’s destined to play at the college level, based on the interest he’s received from Virginia Tech, Virginia and Clemson, but Givens hopes he’s shown a peak of what he can do.
“To be honest, I feel like I’m a better tight end,” he said. “I’ve always been a faster lineman, and I have good hands. I get to show off my blocking ability, but I can show I can run and catch the ball, too.”
Givens has yet to receive his first offer, but with three high school seasons remaining, many schools are simply waiting to see how he plays at a higher level of football, including Virginia Tech. Givens said he’s talked regularly with assistant coach Vance Vice, as well as a new connection he has with the Hokies.
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