Givens The Latest To Come Out Of Chillicothe

One of the top players in Southern Ohio next year will be junior WR/DB Chris Givens from Chillicothe. Givens has all the tools to be a Division I prospect, and several colleges are showing interest.

The town of Chillicothe, Ohio has produced some fine football players in the past, and it looks like there will be another Division I prospect next year.

Wide receiver/safety Chris Givens stands in at 6-3, 190 pounds and has the speed (4.47) to go with it. He is already getting attention from several programs.

"Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Boston College, Northwestern, and Alabama are all sending me mail," he said. "I went to Miami of Ohio, Cincinnati and Akron camps last summer. I am going to Nike, Michigan, and Ohio State this summer."

Givens has an interesting list of early schools.

"Ohio State, Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin and Northwestern would be my top schools," he said.

Miami (Ohio) could be a big player for Givens's signature.

"I have a brother and sister at Miami of Ohio," he said. "The academics are top drawer. I can't stress enough that academics will be the deciding factor on what I decide to do."

Indeed, Givens will be focusing heavily on the academic side of things. He hopes to major in business administration and has a 3.1 GPA and just took the ACT last Saturday. He also realizes there is life after football.

"The academics are going to be very important," he said. "Good coaches and nice campus will be important. I want a campus where I can focus on my studies.

"I am most interested in my education. I would love to play in the NFL but I know that is a dream. I am going to college to get an education."

Givens played all over the place for his team this year, including some at quarterback.

"We were young this year," he said. "We went 2-8. I had over 1000 yards, four touchdowns and 60 tackles and one interception. I played QB for about six games until one of the freshmen was seasoned enough to step in."

What position would he like to play in college?

"I would rather be a receiver but it really doesn't matter," he said. "I will play safety."

Givens is also active with sports in the winter and spring.

"I play basketball and track," he said. "This time of year I am mostly working with my track coach to improve my speed." 

Look for Givens to make a commitment well in advance of signing day.

"I would like to get my commitment out of the way," he said. "Early in season at the latest, but it depends on who is offering. If I see better offers coming I could wait."

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