Bryce Givens: Weighing his Options

Mullen High School is home to one of the most impressive recruiting tandems in the country. Texas has already secured a solid commitment from safety Nolan Brewster, but the biggest question surrounding Longhorn recruiting right now is whether Bryce Givens will follow suit. Givens is still committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but that could change in the future.

"I'm 100% solid with Nebraska," Bryce Givens said. "I'm going to see how the rest of season goes, and from there I will make my decision based on whether there is going to be a different coaching staff coming in. I might either stay there or decommit. But like I said as of right now, it's just a solid commitment."

Givens certainly has grown attached to the current coaching staff in Lincoln. However with the season that the Cornhuskers are having, it's still up in the air whether Bill Callahan and crew will be back next year and that could play a major factor in Givens' decision.

"If the coaching staff that is there now stays, our whole class will still be together and everything will be as planned. It will be good, and I will feel comfortable," Givens said. "The way things are going, there are definitely going to be some coaches that are let go. I've heard many rumors that potentially the o-line coach, coach (Dennis) Wagner, might be let go. If that is the case, that will definitely be a down side for sure, but even if there is a new coaching staff there is still a possibility that I will still go to Nebraska."

Just before Givens committed to Nebraska, he started hearing from a number of high-caliber programs. The two that made the biggest impact were Florida and Texas. Givens is planning on visiting both before the end of the year and talked about each school individually.

"I like coach (Urban) Myer and his coaching staff. Florida has the whole atmosphere and a nice location. It's also a good academic school. Florida is just a nice place," Givens said. "I've been talking to coach (Dan) Mullen a bunch, and I think that I'm going to try and get down there for the Vanderbilt game here in a couple of weeks.

"I like coach (Mack) Brown and all the other coaches, coach (Mac) McWhorter and just everything about Texas as well. They have a great program and Austin is an awesome city. It's just an exciting school," Givens added. "It's not official yet, but we (Givens and teammate Nolan Brewster) are about 99% percent sure that we are going to come down to the banquet the second week in September."

The Longhorns haven't received a commitment in almost four months and many of their targets have opted to go elsewhere during that time. So just how much interest is Texas showing in Givens?

"I talk with them at least a few times a week. Towards the beginning of the season, it was about once a week," Givens said. "But every week since about a month ago, we have started talking quite often, a least a couple times a week."

Another school that Givens has mentioned having interest in is the Colorado. However, his interest in the Buffs isn't quite as high as some of the other schools mentioned above.

"I wouldn't say that I consider them as high. I would rate them as of lower interest, but there is still some interest there," Givens said. "I know a good amount of kids on the team. One of my really good friends is a redshirt freshman up there and I know, of course, Ryan Miller. So there is definitely some upside and it's close to home and whatnot, but I'd say that it is definitely a lower tier than some of the others."

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