Kevin Givens is a 2014 linebacker prospect out of Altoona (PA) High School.
Altoona is in its third year of the WPIAL, competing in the Foothills Conference. The Mountain Lions lost to Gateway this past Friday, 21-0, but put forth a strong effort. Even in the loss, the opposition could tell Givens is a force to be reckoned with.
"That Givens kid is a great player," Gateway head coach Donnie Militzer said. "It's amazing he's only a junior."
Miltizer talks about Givens, 6-3, 225 pounds, after he ran the ball 14 times for 63 yards, caught three passes for 15 yards and finished with 15 tackles. Givens plays as a fullback on offense, and at linebacker for defense. He played in all but two snaps for the entire game.
"We have to rely on him, and we have to use him," Altoona head coach John Franco said. "He does a great job on both sides of the ball. He shows great leadership, and that's a first for him. He's not normally outgoing. It's tough for him to be a leader. We have to teach him through actions and not words."
"I still haven't heard his voice in two years," Franco joked. "We're still looking forward to that day."
Givens is a bit humble, but as he's got four games under his belt for his junior season, and with a couple of Division I offers, there's some confidence that comes with that.
"I feel like I have to speak up more," Givens adds. "I started working on that, and hopefully by next year I'll be a good leader."
"I was happy, they're in my top eight," Givens said. "I'm thankful that (receivers coach) Terry Smith offered me. They were the first ones to notice me, so I'm thankful for that."
"I went to a Penn State camp this summer," Givens said. "I went up there in June. Hopefully, I'll be in contact with them. I haven't been to Pittsburgh yet, but I want to go there.