Will Muschamp and his staff tried to find a fullback in the Class of 2013 class but failed to find one that met their expectations.
That means the need is even higher in 2014, last week the Gators visited St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut Academy fullback Cortavious Givens.
“Coach (D.J.) Durkin came by to visit me last Friday,” Givens said. “When he came by I didn’t get to see him or talk to him but I did call coach (Brian) White on the phone on Saturday and talked with him for a good length of time.”
When the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Givens spoke to running back coach Brian White, the message was very clear.
“He was talking to me about coming up to camp this summer and working with him,” Givens said. ‘I told him that I’m coming up on June 4th for their camp so that I could work out for him. He then told me that he was going to get me ready to be a Gator. That was his exact words.”
While Givens still has single digits in offers, several top schools have stopped by his school to watch him practice this spring.
“There have been a lot of coaches come by to see me,” Givens said. “So far Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College, Marshall, Ball State, USF, UCF, Oklahoma State and Purdue have come by.”
Right now Givens says he plans to visit Florida, Florida State and Miami this summer and plan to camp at those schools as well.