February 20, 2007

Mullen duo check out CU

Between them, Bryce Givens and Nolan Brewster have racked up 18 scholarship offers. The talented Denver (Colo.) Mullen teammates have similar offers from Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and UCLA.

"We talk about going to the same college all the time," said Givens, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle. "We both think that will have at least a little pull in the decisions we make, wherever we go. We are real good friends, so we could definitely see ourselves playing at the same college."

Givens and Brewster both took an unofficial trip up to Boulder to check out CU last Tuesday.

"It was really cool to get a chance to meet Coach Dan Hawkins in person," Givens expressed. "We checked out the Dal Ward, their weight room and the locker rooms. Nolan and I scoped that place out real well. So that was pretty cool."

Though still early in the process, Givens said that Notre Dame, Texas, CU and Michigan currently stand out. He also has strong interest in Southern Cal, LSU, Nebraska and UCLA.

College coaches can't initiate verbal phone contact until the spring evaluation period, but with no text messaging rules in place, Givens has been in touch with a number of different recruiters.

"I text message coaches all the time," he said. "A lot of it is back and forth but occasionally they will ask me to give them a call after I got out of school or whenever I get a chance. Then I call them up and talk to them for a little while.

"I have been able to develop a great relationship with Coach Hawkins up at CU. We talk all the time. I also talk with Coach Mike DeBord from Michigan a lot and text message a lot with Coach John Wristen from UCLA. Those are the three main coaches that I am in really good contact with."

Givens is looking to possibly attend upcoming Junior Day events at both Nebraska and CU.

A pre-evaluation Rivals250 member, Givens has seen his stock take off since showing well at the Army All-American junior combine in January. He was named second-team all-combine, meaning he ranked among the top 10 offensive linemen out of the roughly 150 that were in attendance.

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