ST. PETERSBURG - Perhaps no player was happier to wake up on signing day than Admiral Farragut’s Cortavious Givens. Givens was being looked at by big schools until he suffered a knee injury early in his sophomore year.
In his junior year he admits to being physically healthy but not mentally ready. This season he proved he was back after gaining over 800 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns for the Blue Jackets. But the big schools stayed away.
Givens signed with Division II Fairmont State, which is just fine with him.
"There were some days when I woke up and I didn’t want to play anymore; it was so hard (recovering from knee surgery)," Givens said, before pausing to hold back tears. “It seemed like it wasn’t worth it. But it was my dream, my life. I told myself I’m going to fight back.
"There’s no reason to lay in bed and mope."
Givens, who wore a homemade Fairmont State hat because he couldn’t find one locally, said he chose the Falcons because he will play running back.
“They wanted me at the position I wanted to play, not at linebacker," Givens said. “I knew I wouldn’t be too happy at linebacker. There were other schools that wanted me, but they wanted me on defense. The division of the school doesn’t matter. You can go pro from any division. What mattered was going somewhere where I’d be happy."