If Syracuse misses out on Qadree Ollison, they could still be in the market for a bigger running back. Their top target at the position, Ish Witter, is a smaller back that utilizes speed and elusiveness. Having a bigger back that can move the pile would give the Orange a contracting combination that would be beneficial in the ACC.
One of their targets that has come on the radar recently is Saint Petersburg (FL) Admiral Farragut Academy athlete Cortavious Givens.
"My interest in Syracuse is really big," Givens admitted. "I'm basically just trying to get my name out there because I had an ACL injury. I basically almost missed two seasons. My junior season, I basically only played linebacker.
"I sent Syracuse my highlights, and their coach (Pat Perles) said he loved it. So he had to see what all the other coaches think before he could offer. We've been in touch ever since. They hit me up and let me know everything's good. They're looking at me at running back. It's not linebacker at all."
Givens and the aforementioned Ish Witter are friends. Living in close proximity, they've developed a relationship in the camp circuit and other football related events. The two running backs have discusses the possibility of playing together at Syracuse.
"As far as me and Ish, we've known each other for a while," Givens recalled. "I think the first time was at a USF camp. Ever since then we've known each other with 7-on-7s and things like that. When I saw Ish was ready to commit a few weeks ago and it was Rutgers or Syracuse, I was thinking we'd fit in a little bit better at Syracuse. I'm being recruited by Rutgers too, but they haven't offered. Syracuse hasn't either but I think things look real good there.
"So I hit up Ish and said if he's thinking about committing he should go to Syracuse so we can make this thing a duo. I want somebody that I know I can compete with every day. We're right across the bridge from each other there in Tampa. I know his work ethic, so it'd be cool to go up there together."
While Givens remains in contact with the Orange, a visit has not been discussed yet. However, he has strong interest in getting up to Syracuse on October 5th.
"We haven't talked about getting me on campus yet," Givens explained. "It'll have to be after the season or I really want to get up there for that Clemson game. So if I can make that happen and catch a flight after my game, I would definitely like to do that.
"When I sent him my film, he said if it was up to him he would offer me but he had to check with the other coaches. They were on about a two week break, and now he said they're in camp but things are still looking real good. He actually gave me an exact date when they will be making decisions. He has my number so I'm pretty sure he's going to be calling me. When he does call, I'm pretty sure he'll offer."
Givens claims offers from Florida Atlantic, Massachusetts and Virginia. Florida is also expressing interest, and Givens believe an offer could come from them after they see highlights from his first game. The Gators are recruiting him as a fullback that could work his way into the running game down the line.