Givens enjoys working with Florida coaches

Will Muschamp’s football camp hosts all types of players. There are players like Duke Dawson and Anthony Moten who come to camp already committed to Florida. There are highly ranked and recruited players like JC Jackson who come to visit the school unofficially and work out for the coaching staff. There are also players who will never play a down of football for the Gators but use the camp as an opportunity to get coached by some of the best coaches in the country.

Players like Cortavious Givens came to Gainesville trying to show the coaches they are worthy of more attention and a potential scholarship.

Givens, a 5’11”, 216-pound athlete from St. Petersburg Florida is the latter.

Givens participated in camp on Saturday as a running back and he took the opportunity to show the coaching staff that he is fully healthy after an ACL surgery and was one of the best looking prospects on the day at running back.

“They just wanted to see me run after my knee surgery and everything like that,” Givens said. “My knee is good, there’s no discomfort, and I trust it and everything. I didn’t even have a brace on today. He [Coach Brian White] said I showed them everything that I can do, I was probably the best running back out there along with TJ Simmons.”

After tearing his ACL as a sophomore in high school, Givens spent the majority of his junior season playing linebacker. He projects more as a fullback or H-back type of player at the next level, so working out for the coaching staff and getting them new tape of him running the ball is a top priority for him.

“The big thing is he wants to see some senior film,” Givens said. “So I’m going to give him that, hopefully I can ball out during the first few games this fall.”

While Givens plays both running back and linebacker at Admiral Farragut High School, the coaching staff is looking at him to play fullback. With Hunter Joyer entering his junior season, the Gators need to find a replacement for Joyer this recruiting cycle. Givens said he is open to playing wherever the coaching staff needs him to play.

“I’m good with anything in Florida’s offense,” Givens told me. “Whether it’s receiver, running back, fullback, anything I can do.”

He didn’t leave camp with an offer from Florida but just getting the opportunity to work with the Florida coaching staff; Brian White in particular, made the trip to Gainesville worth it for Givens.

“I definitely got better today getting coached up by Coach White. That’s a big thing why I was so happy to come today, even if I don’t get an offer, just to become a better running back with Coach White, because he’s one of the best out there coaching the running back position. It was nice getting coached up by him.”

The workout also gave Givens an opportunity to speak with head coach Will Muschamp for the first time.

“Head coach Will Muschamp came over and was watching us working on jump cuts and everything,” Givens said. “He and Coach White were talking and coach Muschamp came over and told me, ‘I like what you’re doing, we’re definitely going to be recruiting you real hard.”

With his health no longer a question, Givens has a full slate of college camps set up for the summer and is ready to put together a great senior season in hopes of earning a scholarship. He is in no rush to commit early and told Gator Country that he will probably wait until national signing day to commit.

“I’m just letting everything fall in place. I probably won’t make a decision until national signing day unless something comes through and I just feel really comfortable with it and I feel at home.”

However, there is a particular school that could change those plans. When asked if an offer from Florida would change those plans, Givens smiled and said, “That’s definitely something that might end the recruiting process early for me.”






Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC