Dana Levine made his decision on Syracuse early. The 2015 Hallandale (Fla.) defensive end committed to the Orange in May before visiting campus. But now, as the summer ends and his senior season starts, he is still confident in the school and his decision.
His confidence comes from his budding relationship with coach George McDonald, who is in constant contact with the lineman.
“I talk to Coach McDonald at least two times a week,” Devine said. “We just have a conversation. Just trying to get to know each other before I come up there [to Syracuse].”
The biggest criticism of Levine is his size. At 6-foot-4, he has an ideal frame for an edge rusher. But at 230 pounds, he is quite undersized. But Levine has devoted this summer to increasing his weight.
“Gaining weight is really hard, but I am trying,” Levine said. “I’m working out, eating right and trying to get bigger.”
Levine said that he is also developing some of the more technical parts of his game.
“I’m working on my moves off the line, trying to get faster,” Levine said. “And I am working on quarterback containment.”
Last season, Levine helped lead Hallandale to an 8-2 record. This year, he said he wants to win a state championship.
He plans to visit Syracuse for the first time this summer, which he said will be an unofficial visit before the school year starts. Though he is excited about his senior season, Levine said he is ready for college career to get started and wants fan to realize hey are getting a player who doesn't give up.
“Looking forward to coming up to New York to ball out and make a name for myself,” Levine said. “They are getting a speed rusher. I’m a person that is not going to give up no matter how big the guy is in front of them.”