Chris Givens, a 6-0, 200-pound running back with 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his trip to the Southeastern Conference power is one he is glad he made.
"It was a great experience," he says. "I like the coaches a lot. The facilities are great. It is a great place."
Texas is not a traditional recruiting area for Auburn. Commenting on his interest in the Tigers, the tailback says, "The tradition of running backs and the coaches are why I wanted to come to camp at Auburn," he says. "Auburn is a great place."
In a camp that featured a lot of quick and athlete players, Givens stood out as one of the better athletes from more than 400 who participated. Givens, who notes he really enjoys football, says he enjoyed the competition.
"I have been playing football since I was three," he points out. "I have been playing tackle football since I was five so I have been playing it my whole life. Last year, unfortunately, I got hurt and went through a rehabbing process."
He did manage to play in one game last year prior to his injury and finished with 132 all-purpose yards. When asked to describe his running style, he says, "I am pretty versatile. I can bang it inside if I have to and I am pretty flashy. I can make people miss. I can also catch the ball pretty well."
Chris Givens makes a catch after getting away from the pass coverage.
Givens says his list of earlier offers includes Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Utah, UNLV and North Texas and notes he would like to add Auburn to that list. Academically, he is an honor student who says he is interested in majoring in sports management.
"I was impressed with how well the coaches and the players are together at Auburn," he says. "It is like a big family. There are no "me's" and "I's," everybody is about team."
The tailback says he probably will visit one more SEC school this summer, Arkansas, before concentrating on his senior season. He says Wylie is expecting to field a strong team.
As a senior, he says he is concentrating on becoming a tougher inside runner. "I need to be a little bit more physical at the point of attack," he says.
He notes the two days of extensive workouts was good for him. "It was a good group of guys at the camp."