PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Linebacker Kevin Givens Flips Commit From Pitt To Penn State

And just like that, James Franklin’s 2015 recruiting class is complete.

Three-star linebacker and Altoona native Kevin Givens has announced that he’ll flip his commitment from Pitt to Penn State, becoming Franklin’s No. 25 and final 2015 recruit.

Franklin rang in the news in his typical fashion.

 Givens is a hybrid prospect that can play both defensive end and linebacker, making him a versatile addition to Bob Shoop’s loaded young front seven. 247 lists Givens as a three-star prospect, ranking him No. 42 at the weak side defensive end position, and the No. 18 player in the state of Pennsylvania. Givens’ commitment gives Penn State another statistic to brag about: the Nittany Lions now have 12 players from the state of Pennsylvania committed in the Class of 2015.

Givens joins fellow ends Jonathan Holland and Shareef Miller at defensive end, where he will vie for playing time on a defensive line that loses C.J. Olaniyan and Deion Barnes to the NFL Draft.

At 6’3″, 230 pounds, Givens has the ideal mold for a hybrid linebacker and defensive end. He has been timed as low as 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, meaning he could provide pressure along the edge as a speed rusher in passing situations. Check out the rest of his highlight on his Hudl page.

Givens had committed to Pitt on Feb. 18 last year, but visited Penn State twice, once for a summer camp and recently for an unofficial visit, before ultimately switching his commitment. He had also been offered by UMass, Temple, and Western Michigan. Brent Pry and Sean Spencer recruited Givens to Penn State.

With the sounding of the final Franklin siren for this year’s recruiting period, the Class of 2015 finishes at No. 12 in the country, and second behind Ohio State in the Big Ten. The Class of 2015 is loaded with talent, and should get fans excited for the future of Penn State football.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

Comments

More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl

Athletics

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend