Class of 2008 profile: OL Bryce Givens

Games are won and lost in the trenches, and the offensive line seems to be where the game starts and finishes. So it comes as no surprise for the 2008 class that USC will be out recruiting some of the top linemen in the country. One player to keep an eye on is junior offensive tackle Bryce Givens of Mullen HS (CO.).

Givens is a member of a Mullen HS team that has made it to the State Championship in consecutive years, falling just short both times. Although it is still very early, Givens does have one offer to date and plenty of schools keeping in touch with him.

"Recruiting is going pretty good so far," commented Givens. "There have been a couple schools showing interest, and Kansas State has already offered me. I get mail from schools like UCLA, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and both of the in-state schools."

While Givens is only a junior, he does have a few schools at the top of his list.

"I'd say Notre Dame, Michigan, and Nebraska make up my top three."

Although Givens' list is a very early one, he does have a few characteristics he will search for in the school he eventually attends.

"Definitely tradition," said Givens. "The atmosphere of the school and the fan support will play a big role too. Academics will also be something I take into account. That definitely plays a factor too."

Although Givens has not had contact with USC, he definitely has kept a close eye on the events transpiring in the Los Angeles area.

"Oh, most definitely," said Givens when asked if he would consider USC amongst his top choices. "SC is definitely in my top five; probably right after Notre Dame, Michigan, and Nebraska."

When asked what sort of things stood out to him about USC, it was clear that he was well informed of the Trojan football and academic history.

"Tradition for sure," said Givens. "The location too is a big plus, definitely. It's a great city, and what more can you say about Los Angeles. Coach Carroll is there, and he is a great coach. I mean its SC, its crazy."

Seeing Givens' high interest in out-of-state schools, it is obvious that distance will not play a factor in his final decision.

"I'm up for anything," Givens commented on possibly leaving the state for school. "But I'd like to go out-of-state for school."

Givens and his Mullen HS teammates have made it to back-to-back state championships, and Givens has his sights set on a third appearance.

"I definitely want to get back to the State Championship, but this time actually winning it. I haven't really thought about individual goals yet, I'm more concerned with making it back to the Championship game."

Givens has already started training for next year, and the results have been positive.

"My current height is 6'6 and I weigh 265 lbs. I recently benched 305 lbs. and ran my 40 yard dash in 5.1 seconds."

Not only is Givens a very hard worker, but he also feels that there are other aspects of his game that will eventually land him scholarship offers.

"Definitely my quickness off the ball," said Givens. "My agility and my footwork are also strengths of mine, including pass blocking. Heading into next year, I'd like to work on my run blocking skills and adding weight. I can improve on my power, and I will have no problem putting on the weight."


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