Over Before it Began

Academic issues put Givens' Penn State career in jeopardy even before he arrived on campus. Now it looks like he'll be headed elsewhere.

Maryland defensive back prospect Darrell Givens signed with Penn State last February.

But now it looks as if the Scout.com four-star prospect from Lackey High in Indian Head, Md., will never set foot on campus as a PSU student.

Givens initially delayed enrollment at Penn State from early summer (when most incoming freshmen arrived) until early August so he could take summer high school courses needed to gain admittance to the university.

Nittany Lion sources were initially optimistic that Givens would make it. But now those same sources are saying there was confusion over which courses Givens needed to take and that he did not meet the entrance standards.

Asked if Givens would play football at Penn State, one source close to the program said he doubted it.

The source was not certain if Givens needed to be released from his letter of intent to be eligible to play at another school this fall. But he quickly added if such a release is required, Penn State will grant it.

In related news, another source was adamant in saying rumors that Penn State head coach Joe Paterno petitioned school president Graham Spanier to intervene in the admissions process on behalf of Givens are blatantly false.

Givens is the second Lackey product to encounter academic issues before arriving at Penn State. Offensive lineman J.B. Walton signed with the Lions in 2006 but was forced to enroll at a prep school when he did not meet freshman eligibility standards.

Walton arrived at Penn State in the summer of 2007. He redshirted as a rookie and was a backup in 2008. But he sat out spring practice this year while trying to get his grades in order.


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