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.
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) February 3, 2015
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.