Levingston excited to arrive

Santa Monica (Calif.) offensive tackle Dontae Levingston was one of two JUCO signees ECU landed on Signing Day 2014. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

The Pirates added two junior offensive linemen to their 2014 class at the last possible moment. One of the two was Santa Monica C.C. offensive tackleDontae Levingston.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman graduated from Narbonne High School (Harbor City, Calif.) in the class of 2011 and ended up signing with former Conference USA opponent Southern Methodist.

Although academic troubles landed him on the JUCO route, Levingston continued to receive attention from college teams. His commitment came down to a last minute decision and he signed with ECU midway through Signing Day 2014.

"Mid-year I was signed to Texas Tech but didn't get accepted because my transcript wasn't there in time," said Levingston. "After that I was left with three offers from Kansas, Marshall and ECU. I chose the Pirates because I felt more at home (at ECU) than at Kansas."

Both JUCO linemen in the class (Levingston and Quincy McKinney) were last-minute pickups when they flipped from the schools they had previously committed. McKinney switched his decision from Louisville to ECU.

Head coach Ruffin McNeill was ecstatic to land both of them and expects each to compete for playing time immediately.

Luckily for McNeill, Levingston has the same idea in mind.

"I feel I can make an immediate impact coming from SMU and JUCO," said Levingston. "It will be a lot easier than the transition from high school because I already understand the game and how it's played at a faster speed."

As far as what solidified his decision, Levingston credited his official visit to ECU that he took six days before Signing Day (Jan. 31). The chance for playing time early on also played into his decision.

The Pirate coaching staff will have him report in May 2014. With a successful summer workout and fall camp, fans could see Levingston on the field when season rolls around.

After losing both starting guards to graduation, the chance it happens is even higher.

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