Vacaville (Calif.) 2018 offensive lineman Jake Levengood is slowly gaining traction as one of the better interior players on the west coast because of his athleticism and ability to play both sides of the line.
Arizona is yet the latest school to draw attention to the prospect and that resulted in a recent offer.
“Coach Michalczik came to a morning workout at my high school and he gave me his contact information to let me know that Arizona was interested,” Levengood said. “Then he came out to the Sac State camp and couple weeks later he offered.
“We’ve been in contact ever since through the phone and I’ve been able to build a strong relationship with him. He’s a cool guy and I see a lot of positive characteristics in him as a coach.”
Levengood currently holds offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Washington State, San Jose State, Sacramento State and Nevada.
With both a series of unofficial and official visits in place for the interior blocker this summer, Levengood is focused on grasping the environment around his main schools of interest.
“I just finished taking an unofficial visit to Oregon and that was a pretty cool experience,” he said. “I really liked what the coaches were selling and it seems like a great environment to compete as a football player
“I’m going to visit Arizona on the 29th and that’s something to look forward to. We’ll see how it goes.
“I really want to be able to play in the Pac-12 and stay out west. It’s obviously a privilege to be able to play college football so I view having options that I do as a blessing.
“These schools are not too far away from home and that allows for my parents to attend all the games along with all the road games that take place in California. I’m very fortunate to have the options that I do at this point.”
Despite being listed as one of the more undersized linemen in the class, Levengood is confident in his physical progression headed into senior year.
“They had me listed at 230 about four months ago but I’m currently listed at 268,” Levengood said. “Some of the coaches have told me to focus on gaining a lot of weight, but Coach Michalczik told me not to worry about that so much.
“Arizona, Oregon State, and other schools have assured me that their program will get me to the weight I need to be at. There’s a difference between putting on body fat and improving your conditioning. I’m continuing to build more strength and that the weight gain will follow.”
The prospect views himself as an exceptional rush blocker, but ultimately feels he needs to diversify more aspects of his play upon entering college.
“The offense I currently play is run based, which has made my role on the line primarily run blocking,” he said. “We probably throw the ball five or six times a game and that forces me to stay on the block and clear holes for the tailback.
“I’ve worked on pass blocking a lot and that camps I’ve attended this summer have really helped me in that area. All the college coaches I come across always assist me as needed and pass blocking happens to be a part of my game that needs the most improvement.”
In all, there is no clear leader for the recruitment and Levengood will continue to embrace the process prior to deciding this fall.
“I want to make my decision by early September," he said. "I’m lining up more visits and see where my recruitment goes from there.”