Givens Hopes For Stronger Return

Texas athlete Chris Givens gave his verbal commitment to the Wake Forest coaches earlier this month, choosing the Demon Deacons a few weeks after his official visit to Wake Forest. In the end, it was Givens' comfort level with Wake Forest that helped the Wylie, Texas native make his decision.

"Visiting different schools, talking to the coaches and all, when I left Wake I felt like this was the place for me," Chris Givens said this week. "Mainly my decision was that although it's far away from my home and I have no relatives there, the family atmosphere and the way the coaches acted was what was important. They made me feel like family. The academics – I'm an academic guy so I really like that. It was the coaches, the way I fit in, and the opportunity I have there in the classroom.

Just over a week ago, Givens gave the Deacon coaching staff his verbal commitment. "When I committed, I actually called Coach Billings, last Sunday, and told him I wanted to give my commitment. He was excited and then the coaches wrote me this week and all seemed excited about it."

Givens will likely play the slot-receiver position at Wake Forest, the role Kenny Moore has played for Wake Forest this season. "That's where they want me to play and it's a good spot in their offense," Givens noted.

Before finding the field at Wake Forest, however, Givens must recover from a torn left ACL he suffered around a month ago. "I was on a punt return, I was running to the wall and went to cut and it just popped," Givens said of his injury. "No one hit me. I kind of [knew I tore a ligament] but was trying to think positive because I didn't want football to be over for the year. I knew something was wrong when I got up and was trying to run off the field."

"I'm doing pretty good," Givens said of his rehab. "I started rehab a week ago and am doing better." Still, the 6', 200-pound prospect has a long road ahead before hitting the football field again. "For football, it'll be six months," he noted. "In 3-5 months, I can begin running."

In the meantime, Givens will still work to improve his strength and athleticism. "My upper body strength, I'm working on that and still catching tennis balls and stuff."

With hard work, Givens expects to return stronger than he was before the injury just as he did after recovering from a ligament tear in his right knee a year ago. "[The Wake coaches] just want me to keep working hard and do the same thing I did last time. I'm going to do track again and come back as strong or stronger as I was before. After my last rehab, I felt stronger and faster and I ran my fastest times. That's what I hope to do again."

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