Givens to Visit UNC

Former Penn State signee Darrell Givens is scheduled to visit North Carolina on Monday in what will be his final recruiting trip before deciding where he will play football this fall.

"I'm taking this as any other visit," Givens said. "This is a quick visit for me to see everything.

"I'm hoping to learn more about the campus [and] more about the style of play North Carolina runs as far as the defensive side and the secondary. I'm trying to see if I can build a very quick relationship with Coach [Butch] Davis and just getting to know the whole North Carolina staff."

Givens, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound cornerback from Indian Head (Md.) Lackey, says he is down to Miami, UNC, Rutgers, and South Carolina. "It's so tough right now," Givens said. "All four of my schools have everything I'm looking for. All four of my schools have my major, which is Sports Management – all four schools have a good Sports Management program. All the schools I can come in and contribute right away as a freshman.

"Those are the things that I'm looking for."

During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Givens attended Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly, where he was coached by Marcus Berry, who currently serves as UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"That could play a factor," Givens said of UNC having Berry on staff. "I would say Coach Berry help me out with a lot of my success, as far as the recruiting. If it wasn't for Coach Berry sending me to [college] camps when I was a freshman, who knows if I would have ever been recruited. Coach Berry, he helped me out."

Of his final four, he has previously visited Miami and Rutgers.

Monday night after returning home from his UNC visit, Givens plans to decide where he'll play this season.

Last February, Givens signed with Penn State after verbally committed to the Nittany Lions in May '08. However, Givens and PSU cut ties late last week.

"Basically, I qualified by the [NCAA] Clearinghouse, but I didn't get accepted into the school," Givens said.

Givens is rated by Scout.com as the No. 11 cornerback in the class of 2009 and he was named to the Under Armour All-American Game.

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