In-State DL Now Favors UM

This standout defensive tackle enjoyed a strong summer. However, it's been inside the classroom where he has spent the most focus. After getting several recruiting calls in May, he said all of his discussions with college coaches this summer have been through hand-written letters or phone calls he's had to make. One of those calls was to University of Miami coach Art Kehoe.

At 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, Sarasota, Fla. standout defensive tackle Donnell Livingston enjoyed a strong summer. However, it's been inside the classroom where Livingston has spent the most focus.

"Lately, I've been trying to get my school work done because I have one heck of a schedule for school this year," he said. "I'm just trying to make sure I have everything in line for college and stuff like that."

After getting several recruiting calls in May, Livingston said all of his discussions with college coaches this summer have been through hand-written letters or phone calls he's had to make. One of those calls was to University of Miami coach Art Kehoe.

"Coach Kehoe said they are going to wait until the first grading period in school until they decide to offer me. They want to see what I score on my SAT next month. He also invited me to come to the FSU game this year and I think I'm going to go check it out. That should be fun. It doesn't get any better than that."

Currently, Livingston is sitting at a 2.6 core with a 770 SAT score. "They said as long as I keep my GPA up over a 2.5 then I will need an 820."

The talented defensive tackle said his current top five consists of UM, Florida State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Nebraska. Only North Carolina has offered to this point as the rest are taking a wait and see approach due to academics. Livingston did name a favorite, however.

"Miami," he said. "I'm leaning there because it's kind of closer to home and it's a great campus and [they] have great academic support set up there."

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