In-State DT Favors UM

This talented defensive tackle prospect has been talking to UM coach Art Kehoe and he explains why the Canes are the favorite on his current list.

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Sarasota, Fla. standout defensive tackle is currently having an excellent season. In a 4-2 season, Donnell Livingston has 18 tackles and eight sacks. He's also playing offensive guard.

"We're 4-2 and trying to make it to the playoffs," he said. "We've been playing well and have a big game against Venice this week. I've been playing better this year because I got bigger and I've gotten faster too. I ran down a linebacker last week."

Livingston, who is still waiting on the SAT scores, said he passed up an opportunity to take the test againt on Saturday in order to be at the Orange Bowl.

"I couldn't miss the Miami/Florida State game," he said. "I thought it was a real good game. It was real hot, oh my. Just standing there was brutal because I needed to be moving around or doing something. There were times when I wish I was playing. Miami stayed together and finished the game like they needed to."

The standout defensive tackle said he saw several other recruits at the game.

"There were a lot of them," he said. "I saw Kyle Wright. He's supposed to be a real good quarterback from California that has committed to UM. I also saw Derrick Morse, who is also committed. And I saw two huge guys from Ely. I've heard about them but never saw them in person. They're huge. And I saw running back Alan Abrams."

Livingston said the best part of meeting people wasn't the other recruits, rather it was meeting UM's head coach.

"I met Coach Coker for the first time," he said. "He was real nice and told me to keep playing hard this season and they'll be watching to see how my season goes."

Livingston said the Hurricanes continue to call regularly, along with coaches from several other schools.

"I talked to Coach Kehoe on the phone last week," he said. "Florida State calls, North Carolina, Nebraska, Maryland, and Ole Miss. North Carolina and Nebraska are still the ones that have offered. N.C. State and Maryland have talked about it on the phone but I haven't gotten anything official yet. The rest said they're waiting to see my test scores."

Livingston has scheduled three official visits. He goes to UNC on Dec. 6, Nebraska on Dec. 13, and Maryland on Jan. 3. "I want to save one for Florida State and I'm not sure on the last one. I've already been to Miami and know what they're about, so I might take one somewhere else."

Livingston was asked about his favorites.

"I still like Miami," he said. "But there are a couple others I'm looking real hard at. North Carolina because of the attention they're giving me and also Florida State and Maryland."

So how close are the Hurricanes to offering the talented lineman?

"Coach Kehoe said they're just waiting on my test scores, so hopefully I'll get those real soon."

Links to previous interviews I've done with Livingston:

Sept 19:
Aug 22:
June 30:

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