Michigan Offers Givens, Wants to Visit

Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee 2016 CB J.J. Givens talks Michigan offer, a potential visit to U-M, where the Wolverines stands in his recruitment and more.

J.J. Givens hasn’t had much contact with Michigan throughout his recruiting process.

Then, well, Michigan recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge reached out on Twitter recently with some good news.

“He [direct messaged] me on Twitter and told him to give him a call,” said Givens, who stars for Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee. “I talked to him and Coach [D.J. Durkin] the defensive coordinator. They told me they really liked me as an athlete and offered me a scholarship.”

Now that Givens has his offer from the Wolverines, he says he would like to visit for Michigan’s spring game on April 4.

“I definitely want to talk to a few players,” Givens said. “I just want to see what their feel is for the university. I definitely want to tour the campus a little bit. Just because I know they are very prestigious for academics. My preferred major is academics. So I just want to see how their business program is and just how the average student life is there.”

With that being said, the three-star standout says the Wolverines are a school he is now considering.

“I still want to work and build a relationship with the coaches,” Givens said. “But you know, they are pretty high. They are really a prestigious program. They academic and, of course, they have a good football team. So they are pretty high. But I just want to build a relationship with the coaches so I know Michigan is the right fit for me.”

At 6-foot-2, 165-pounds, Givens is your taller cornerback prospect. Although, he was quick to add he is open to play safety at the next level.

“Personally, because I feel that I am longer and more agile than most I would say. I definitely could see myself playing corner at the next level,” Givens said. “Honestly, I do want to play safety at the next level. I think that is where my preferred position will be at the next level. Just knowing that I am more of a coverage guy. That’s that the coach from Michigan hit on, he told me that they like my physicality and my ability to be able to cover. So I feel like me playing safety would benefit the team that I ultimately go to.” Givens has already been on campus visits to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Virginia. He is planning on upcoming visits to NC State, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

As of right now, however, he says two schools are recruiting him the hardest.

“I have some pretty good ties to Virginia Tech and a few good ties to NC State,” Givens said. “… It’s sort like a even playing field right now. I’m just going to wait out my decision.”

Givens is planning to make his commitment before his senior season.

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