Recruiting Ripple: Dana Levine

How does Dana Levine's commitment impact Syracuse's future recruiting efforts both in Florida and along the defensive line? We break it all down inside.

Syracuse landed its eighth commitment in 2015 when Hallandale (Fla.) High defensive end Dana Levine pledged Orange on Thursday.

Regional Impact

How big has Florida been for Syracuse since Scott Shafer took over? Over the last three cycles, the Orange have landed sixteen prospects from the Sunshine State. That, in large part, is due to the efforts of offensive coordinator George McDonald.

Specifically, McDonald has targeted Broward and Dade counties in South Florida. Two of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country. Prospects in those areas talk, and the more that end up in Central New York the better for their future efforts.

Even more impressive is McDonald's ability to land priority targets before they visit. Levine makes five this class alone.

Positional Impact

Landing two or three defensive ends this class was critical for Syracuse. Gone after this season are Micah Robinson, Robert Welsh and Trevon Trejo. After the 2015 season, Donnie Simmons will have used his eligibility.

Add to that Isaiah Johnson will only have one season left, and there is a need to replenish some depth. Chris Slayton helps that from the 2014 class, and Levine adds another athlete to the position in this cycle.

Levine has an ideal frame with which to add even more size without losing his strong top-end speed. He is a bit raw, but there is plenty to work with as he develops technique and gets involved in the strength and conditioning program.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Florida will continue to be a key pipeline. Several targets such as Dominic Sheppard, Trevill Holcy, Brandon Boyce, Marques Ford, Kyle Henderson, Bruce Davis and Riley Nicholson are still in play.

Syracuse has two offensive line slots left as well as two or three in the defensive backfield. Look for the Orange to make a push in each area over the next month or so.

New Jersey will also be a key pipeline as Bobby Acosta tries to make Syracuse a key player in the state once again. Dontae Strickland, Daiquan Kelly and Daivon Ellison are the top targets in 2015.

The Orange do not have a linebacker this cycle yet, but the second level of the defense will be a critical focus. Look for them to take four linebackers in this class.

Final Thoughts

The hot streak for Syracuse football recruiting continued on Thursday. The Orange landed an athletic defensive lineman with upside. Another nice get from a prospect who has not yet visited. George McDonald is doing work in 2015.


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