Star cornerback Givens close to joining Rutgers

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
I haven't written about this yet because of the hubbub of media day and the fact that our recruiting guys had it covered.

But it now looks like star cornerback and one-time Penn State signee Darrell Givens will be at Rutgers' first practice next week. Givens' high school coach told Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger that the Scarlet Knights were merely awaiting his high school transcripts to clear him academically.

"It's just a matter of the paperwork now," said Doug Lamb. "He's eligible according to the NCAA. I'm not really sure what happened at Penn State. I think there was a communications mix up. But the paperwork is supposed to be done shortly. Then you will see him at Rutgers."

Givens was an ESPNU 150 recruit and was ranked as the nation's sixth-best cornerback in the class of 2009. Penn State denied him admission this summer even though he had qualified academically. Givens spent the summer re-taking an English course to raise his core GPA but got a call from the Nittany Lions last week informing him he would not be admitted.

Here's part of the Scouts Inc. evaluation on Givens:

Givens may need some technique refinement, but he is one of the more athletic and instinctive cornerbacks in his class. He has good size--a tall, rangy frame--and knows how to use it. Shows the quick feet and fluid hips to mirror receivers off the line and in and out of their breaks. Can step up and be physical in press coverage and demonstrates excellent technique in man-to-man.

Obviously, this would be a big pickup for Rutgers, which is looking to replace Jason McCourty at one of the starting cornerback spots. Don't be surprised if Givens comes in and wins that job.