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Ohio State Gets Another D.C. Area Player

Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis, fresh off a marathon session of interviews for upcoming recruiting spotlight videos, files this report: Lackey defensive back Darrell Givens verbally committed to play football at Ohio State during an unofficial visit to campus this past weekend.

Givens, a 6-foot, 180-pound speedy corner, recorded 44 tackles, three interceptions, six pass deflections and caused two fumbles, helping Lackey to a 7-6 finish this fall and garnering 20 official offers from the likes of Florida, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Michigan, according to Chargers Coach Doug Lamb.

"Everything I was looking for in a school was at Ohio State. It's a great family environment. The facilities are top of the line and it has a great fan base. They have a great stable coaching staff," said Givens. "When I made the decision I was glad to get it over with. It was like a weight was lifted off my chest."

Givens has been clocked at a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and "He's got those big long arms and he's real lanky and I know that's what a lot of people look for in corners," Lamb said. "He was down there for the spring game and there's 70,000 people there and he came in and he's standing next to [the nation's top high school recruit] Terrelle Pryor and Lamar Thomas and guys that he knew and they are yelling his name and cheering for him. ...Playing every single game and possibly playing in the national championship, I'm sure, went into the decision."

By Josh Barr  | April 22, 2008; 3:26 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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