Levine: "I'm 100% 'Cuse"

Official visit reinforces three-star defensive end Dana Levine's commitment.

Hallandale (Fla.) High defensive end Dana Levine has been committed to Syracuse since May. Since he pledged Orange, South Florida and Minnesota among others have offered.

Despite that, he has never waivered in his decision. Over the weekend, the three-star talent visited Syracuse for the first time.

”I have to say (the best part) was getting a tour of the campus and being shown everything,” Levine said. “It was great seeing the academic buildings and hearing about how they’re all top five or top ten in the nation. They took me around all of the facilities and they were real nice.”

One of the highlights was checking out the new indoor practice facility, where Levine will spend his career preparing for games and getting better as a player.

”I was shocked because first they showed me the old one,” Levine said. “Then they showed me the new one and it looked real cool.”

Levine spent time with freshman linebacker Zaire Franklin, defensive ends Micah Robinson and Robert Welsh as well as several other players. They spent time discussing the coaching staff, what every day life is like as a player and that the players are like family.

From there, it was onto the basketball game on Saturday. It was Levine’s first time seeing the Carrier Dome in person and seeing a game day atmosphere. He left impressed by his future home.

”It was really nice,” Levine said. “The Syracuse basketball game was packed. It was nice. Everybody was showing their spirit. It was just real nice. I was impressed that the student section stands the whole time. They stand and yell the whole game.”

Levine spent Sunday and other parts of the trips interacting with the coaching staff. It helped him get to know all of the coaches on a more personal level.

”It was great connecting with all of the coaches,” Levine said. “They talked about how if you come up there you might get home sick and you have to get through that. We talked about the defenses and the different things that they run.

”Everything I heard was good because that’s the type of defense I like to play. I like coming off the edge and blowing stuff up.”

The visit went very well for the 6-foot-4 defensive end. So well, in fact, that he says he is all Orange.

”I’m hundred percent ‘Cuse,” Levine said. “I'm not going anywhere else.”

Levine added he will not be taking any other visits.

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