Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee cornerback J.J. Givens made the trip to Louisville on Friday to visit the Cardinals program for the annual Red-White scrimmage and was surprised by the experience that awaited during his stay.
"It was real cool," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's the second spring game that I've gone to. It really kind of surprised me how it felt like a family environment there. How the fans interacted with everyone. It was cool."
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound corner has a growing list of college opportunities. In addition to Louisville, Givens has collected scholarship offers from throughout the Power 5 conferences, including ACC programs NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
"The recruiting process is going good so far," he said. "I'm mainly trying to build and establish relationships with the coaches, because those are going to be the people that I'm going to be with for the next few years."
He's formed a strong relationship with U of L assistant Chris Klenakis and enjoyed meeting defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Friday.
"Me and Coach K have a great relationship right now," he explained. "He's the one that is recruiting me the hardest right now from Louisville. I met Coach Grantham for the first time yesterday and he's a really cool coach. I can't wait to build relationships with the other guys on the coaching staff."
Givens, who has plans to visit Penn State and Clemson during the next two weeks, is considering multiple options on when he'd like to commit.
"I kind of have a few dates in mind," he said, which include as early as The Opening this spring, or last until after he takes his five official visits following the season.
The purpose of having multiple dates is that he has yet been able to narrow his impressive list of opportunities. Instead, he's currently focused on learning more about each.
"I haven't really started to narrow it down," he explained. "I'm starting to looking deeper into the schools. Class room size, academics, student life and things like that. I kind of already got a feel for the football side of things, so I want to learn more about the other things."
While he claims no current favorites, he does admit that Louisville will be among those heavily considered.
"I definitely consider them a contender because I like what they are trying to do there," he said. "I like the coaches, they seem to be interactive and I like that."