NC State landed a huge commitment last week from Mechanicsville (VA) Atlee cornerback J.J. Givens.
Givens, who committed to South Carolina last spring before opening back up his recruitment in December, held offers from 30+ programs including: NC State, Miami, Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan State, Penn State, and Oklahoma among others. He took official visits to NC State, Arizona State, Miami, and South Carolina before picking the Wolfpack.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder ran a 4.56 electronic-timed 40-yard dash last spring, and he has the length and athleticism college coaches covet at the cornerback position.
As a senior he lined up at cornerback and wide receiver for Atlee High School, where he was named Conference 16 Player of the Year despite playing 11 games with a broken rib. Defensively he totaled 85 tackles, 22 pass breakups, and five interceptions, and he also finished with 1,106 receiving yards and ten touchdowns.
A high-character prospect, Givens has a chance to play right away for the Wolfpack.
"Givens is a really big pickup for NC State," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark. "He has the size that a lot of schools are looking for at cornerback and runs extremely well. He's also played for a great high school program at Atlee and the Virginia Beach-based 7-on-7 team The Thoroughbreds, who are one of the top 7-on-7 teams in the country. So, he's a winner and he's played against top-flight competition.
"Overall, he's a guy that could come in and compete for playing time as a true freshman and ultimately become an anchor for the Wolfpack's secondary."
Check out these senior season highlights of NC State cornerback commitment J.J. Givens!