JJ (Jaqui) Givens is a highly sought after recruit who already fields offers from 13 Division I football programs. Michigan State, Arizona State, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and NC State have all offered Givens and other impressive programs could be close to doing the same.
“Recruiting has been one of the best experiences in my life,” said the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Givens. “It has been extremely fun. Recent schools to offer me are Louisville, NC State and ECU”
The Pirates offered him on April 8 just after his unofficial visit to campus. Although it may be hard to believe that Givens could have much interest in ECU with so many impressive programs after him, the idea isn’t foolish.
In fact, he has high regards for the program and knows players on the team.
“ECU has a great football program,” he said. “My best friend who went to Jireh Prep had a teammate, Corey Seargeant, who currently goes there so I would know people. As a school, I know ECU has great academics and a nice graduation rate for athletes.”
Seargent signed with ECU in the class of 2014, but didn’t enroll at school until January 12, 2015. He is currently in spring workouts with the team and could very well compete for playing time next fall.
Last week’s visit was the first time Givens had been to ECU. He was impressed with the experience and mentioned he really enjoyed talking with the coaches. One coach in particular, newly appointed offensive line coach Brad Davis, really stuck out in Givens’ mind.
“Talking to Coach Davis was very cool,” he said. “He’s the type of person I want as a coach.”
Givens is a versatile athlete that plays receiver and defensive back, however defense is where he shines. Using his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed, he blankets the field and disrupts passes. Adding to his impressive nose for the ball is his height. At 6-foot-2, Givens can battle for the tough jump balls against taller receivers.
“I feel like I’m a lengthy defensive back,” he said. “I have pretty good footwork, but I'm never complacent. I always want to get better and I feel like there's always room for improvement.”
It will be a busy last year of recruitment for Givens and more schools should extend offers. Only time will tell if ECU can build a lasting relationship with him, but don’t count the Pirates out just yet.