Virginia cornerback J.J. Givens has not released an official top three schools, but three programs have garnered a lot of his interest right now.
Arizona State is one of them.
Givens said he was offered a scholarship by ASU about a month ago. He said he has been communicating with tight ends coach Chip Long and assistant athletics director for recruiting Patrick Suddes.
“So Arizona State is currently in my top three, right now,” Givens said. “I’m very high on them. They’re very like legit contenders in my recruitment. Me and coach Long and coach Suddes have built up a pretty solid relationship. So they’ve played two like vital roles in my recruitment and they’re definitely a contender.”
The Sun Devils’ 2014 season also impressed Givens.
“They’re really starting something good because you know last year they had some really quality wins over USC and Notre Dame and plus they have a really good team, a young team and I also like building up a great program and they’re establishing the foundation,” Givens said.
Givens said the other two schools on his mind are Wake Forest and Michigan State. Givens said he visited Wake Forest Monday and was going to visit Duke and North Carolina State during this week as well.
Givens said he has not visited ASU yet. He said he plans on making the trip sometime in the summer. He also confirmed that ASU will be his first official visit in the fall.
Givens said he will also be making trips to Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in the summer as well, but he has not figured out the exact dates for those trips. Givens also said he will be visiting the Louisville spring game next week.
Givens’s relationship with the ASU coaches, his interest in the players’ bond and playing in the Pac-12 are all reasons why he is interested in the Sun Devils.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound cornerback from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Va. had 32 tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes defend in his junior season.
Like many recruits, Givens is trying to figure out if the coaches truly want him on their team. On his unofficial visits, Givens said he will try to find that out.
“I think that’s just what mainly I look for like whenever I go on unofficial visits, just to see like the genuine like feelings of coaches,” Givens said. “I want to make sure they’re not just feeding [inaccuracies] to me, you know, they’re actually legit about their feelings.”
Givens said believes the ASU coaches are sincere in their interest in him just from his conversations with them.
Givens said he was part of the 7-on-7 team, the Virginia Thoroughbreds, with Jaason Lewis a former running back from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia. Lewis signed his letter of intent in February to join the Sun Devils’ 2015 class.
Givens said Lewis told him why he ultimately chose ASU.
“Well, he told me like it’s like a brotherhood there,” Givens said. “They really pride themselves on having that brotherhood feel and that it’s really like a family and he told me players’ relationship with the coaches is really strong and that’s one of the reasons that he committed because like the coach’s relationship with him and I think that’s why I kind of want to get out there first and just really experience it with it being the farthest.”
Givens said having a friend who would already be out Arizona also keeps him interested in the Sun Devils.
He said the long distance away from Virginia is not a big enough factor to sway him from committing to ASU.
Givens said ASU is the only Pac-12 school that has offered him a scholarship. From what he has seen from opposing Pac-12 offenses, he said he believes he can show off his talents in the conference.
He likes how teams challenge corners.
“It’s not boring, you know what I mean?” Givens said. “It’s not just always running the ball. It’s mainly throwing it. I just feel like that’s where my skills could best be used is at a Pac-12 school like Arizona State.”
At this point, Givens said his recruitment plan could go in one of two paths. He said he either wants to commit around late August before the high school season really gets underway. Or he will commit in November around playoff time.