Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 52 CB
Size: 6-2 170 Pounds
Hometown: Mechanicsville (VA)
School: Atlee High School
Projected Position At NC State: Cornerback
Accolades: 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.
Commit Date: January 27, 2016
Recruiting Scene: Atlee picked up several high-major offers before giving an early commitment to South Carolina. He decommitted in December and took official visits to Arizona State, Miami, and NC State before picking the Wolfpack.
Why NC State? "The coaches, the school... overall I thought it was the place I fit in the best and should speed the next four years."
Picked NC State Over: South Carolina, Miami, Arizona State, and Maryland among others
Scouting Report: "Givens is a really big pickup for NC State. 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." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark