Livingston to visit this weekend

Donnell Livingston is a talented defensive tackle from Sarasota High (Fla.). He currently lists North Carolina in his top five schools. <i>IC</i> caught up with the senior before his official visit to UNC this weekend.

Donnell Livingston said his strength on the football field is his speed. The bottom line is that he is quick for his 6-2, 290-pound frame, and has been clocked as running a 5.1 40-yard dash.

But Livingston wants to get better and he is already working on improving so he can play at the next level.

"Things are going okay for me, but we didn't make playoffs," he said. "I guess that just gives me more time to get ready for next year. I am fast for my size, but I need to work on my speed a little bit more."

The talented senior just visited Nebraska, and is headed to Chapel Hill this weekend for a visit and is also excited about seeing the Tar Heels' basketball game.

"I think it's going to be great," Livingston said. "It should be an experience and I am looking forward to having fun. I liked Michigan basketball growing up."

He also expects to take visits to Maryland (12-13), Ole Miss (1-10) and Florida State (1-17). Ohio State made an in-home visit on Monday, Ole Miss followed on Tuesday and the Tar Heels are expected to visit with Livingston today. Nebraska has an in-home on Thursday before Livingston leaves for Chapel Hill on Friday.

"Right now I am just weighing out my options, but UNC, Nebraska and Maryland are my top three," he said.

UNC offensive line coach Hal Hunter is Livingston's primary recruiter.

"I can believe what he says. He is straight up with me," Livingston said. "I haven't talked to (Coach) Bunting yet."

A decision should come a week after Livingston takes his last visit sometime in January.

Livingston finished his season with 56 tackles, 12 sacks and forced four fumbles.

"I love to create havoc – just disrupt the QB as much as possible. I love sacks."

Livingston, like most recruits, said his family has given him a lot of input on what to expect from each school that is after his services.

"They have looked into what I might want to major in for me. I'm thinking of majoring in psychology. Distance will not be a factor, and if I feel comfortable at a school then my parents are behind me and that is where I will go."

What has he heard about UNC?

"I just heard it is a good academic school. I know they have a lot of young talent and in the next couple years they will be good. I hear it is a good college town. That is what I am looking for."

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