TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Altoona LB commits to Pitt for 2015

ACC Videos

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 3:09 p.m.
 

Pitt received its third commitment from the WPIAL's Class of 2015 on Tuesday when Altoona junior linebacker Kevin Givens told coaches he plans to enroll next year.

Altoona coach John Franco said Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State also have shown interest, but he added the Nittany Lions didn't want to offer a scholarship until Givens met coach James Franklin. His scheduled visit to Penn State was postponed last weekend by inclement weather.

Givens, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, had offers from Pitt, Boston College, Temple and UMass.

“The (Pitt) coaching staff has been great to him,” Franco said. “He related to them very well.”

Franco labeled Givens, 16, as a “project.”

“He doesn't get it yet, but when he gets it, look out,” he said. “He has a great frame (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) and can easily put on 30 pounds. He is a great worker in the weight room.”

Givens can play defensive end or outside linebacker, Franco said.

“He's at his best with his hand on the ground, playing weak-side defensive end where he can really rush the passer,” Franco said.

Givens also is a versatile performer on Altoona's track and field team, participating in sprints, shot put and javelin.

“He would be a good, old-fashioned decathlete,” Franco said.

Pitt also has commitments from juniors Alex Paulina of Canon-McMillan and Nick Bowers of Kittanning.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pitt

  1. Pitt notebook: Panthers defense responds to questions with shutout
  2. Former Clairton, Pitt cornerback Coles enrolls at Duquesne
  3. Pitt cruises past Delaware in season opener
  4. Pitt notebook: Offensive linemen rotate during rout over Delaware
  5. Pitt senior Weatherspoon’s work ethic second to none
  6. Pitt coordinator House rebuilds defense with depth
  7. Pitt’s obscure opener still matters
  8. Seton-La Salle grad Orndoff excited about his role in Pitt offense
  9. FSU star QB Winston working to improve on, off field
  10. Pitt’s Chryst names Voytik starting quarterback
  11. Johnson primed for second season at Pitt
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.