Givens hoping for a Florida offer

Florida is looking for two running backs in the Class of 2014 and a fullback to back up Hunter Joyer in the future.

On Saturday, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut Academy running back Cortavious Givens visited Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 216-pound Givens is a player who could play either full back or running back for Florida but he has yet to be offered by the Gators.

“Coach (Brian) White told me that they are recruiting me for both the running back and full back positions,” Givens said. “He told me that they want me to come up for the spring game and to a camp in June. Coach White also said he and coach (DJ) Durkin would be by to watch me practice this spring. So I’m hoping they offer me after that or at their camp.”

When Givens was on campus he got the chance to attend the running backs meeting and he came away learning a few things.

“It was nice to be able to sit in their meetings and see how things work,” Givens said. “I learned a lot about protection and how you have to work with the lineman a lot to be good at it. I really liked the way the running backs all helped each other out when someone didn’t know something.”

Givens followed up the meeting by going out to watch the Gators first spring scrimmage. He quickly noticed how different it was from high school.

“It was very fast pace out there,” Givens said. “It was a lot different from high school because you don’t get many breaks and you are just running plays as fast as you can. They did run some drills during the scrimmage that I liked and I think I can run them to help me get better.”

If Florida was to offer Givens he said he will commit on the spot because he grew up rooting for Florida.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.