From the “hmm… well that sucks” department of recruiting affairs, Darrell Givens just decommitted from the Buckeyes. Worse yet, he’s now given his verbal to Penn State. To be honest, I had no idea this was coming, though apparently some Buckeye recruitniks had feared something like this was developing. No word yet on what the exact reason is for the decision, but in terms of coincidence/association, his high school teammate Malcolm Willis had committed to the Lions a while ago.
Of course, citing that as a factor — albeit prematurely — misses the point that Givens was a former high school teammate of Lamaar Thomas. Givens transferred from Ft Washington Friendly to Indian Head Lackey after his sophomore year, I believe.
Either way, the Givens decision does underscore why Tressel’s staff is uneasy about on-the-spot commitments, though the Buckeyes have definitely picked up a few of them in the past. At least in Givens’ case, he almost committed to Rutgers on the spot in an unofficial in February before committing, on the spot, to the Buckeyes just after the Spring Game. Tressel’s staff apparently encourages kids to take their time and call them back in a week or two after they have had time to think things over. After all: there’ no utility in getting a commitment just to lose it later. It’s a bummer too; Darrell Givens was the cornerback in this class that I coveted the most. Further, I was hoping Givens, plus Thomas, could lay down a pipeline into a pretty talent-rich part of the high school football landscape that’s heretofore closed to the Buckeyes.
That said, the decision for Penn State is a curious one for me. I could envision Va Tech, Maryland or Miami, but even though Penn State fares very well in Maryland, it didn’t occur to me they were on the radar. I don’t think they were ever on the radar leading up to his April commitment to the Buckeyes.
Enh, oh well. God knows there’s plenty of other quality corners out there to be taken. And if he wants to be guarding Stoneburner in the future, then more power to him.