A Monday visit to Maryland turned into another scholarship offer for three-star defensive back prospect J.J. Givens. The Terrapins became the 10th school to offer the 6-foot-2, 171-pounder from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Va.
Notre Dame has shown interest but the Irish have yet to pull the trigger on an offer.
“They have not offered yet,” Givens said. “I just have been in contact with a lot of the coaches. I do feel like it’s coming soon.”
Givens has talked with Irish Director of Player Personnel Dave Peloquin, who’s served up information on the school and football program.
“He’s just been telling me he likes me as a player,” Givens said. “He feels like I’d be a great addition to Notre Dame. Hopefully an offer is coming very soon.”
A few schools have emerged as the frontrunners to land his signature next February but Givens isn’t ready yet to release those schools.
Instead, he’ll focus on visiting as many colleges as possible.
“I don’t have anything set in stone yet,” he said. “I’m just kind of waiting and getting the perfect dates set up. Hopefully I’ll have a lot of visits set up for the spring.”
As a junior, Givens split time between cornerback and safety. College coaches are split on where they project him to play at the next level.
“I’m actually being recruited as a corner and a safety,” he said. “I don’t really have a preference. Whatever the team needs me at is what I’ll play.”
Givens recorded 32 solo tackles, picked off four passes and broke up 11 more in 2014. He also works on special teams.
“I’m finally getting recognition for my play,” he said. “People finally see that I can actually play ball. I’m not just another name. Finally my hard work is paying off.”