Bruins Watching Levingston

UCLA is keeping an eye on the Santa Monica (Calif.) College lineman, Dontae Levingston, who has a history with one of the Bruin coaches...

After signing with SMU in February of 2011, Dontae Levingston spent a year in Dallas before returning back to Southern California.

When Adrian Klemm, the coach who recruited him, took the UCLA offensive line job, it was the final sign to Levingston to return home.

Levingston, a three-star offensive lineman out of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, redshirted that first season at SMU then played in 2012 at El Camino (Calif.) College.

When his high school offensive coordinator, Tim Kaub, was hired as the offensive coordinator at Santa Monica (Calif.) College, Levingston followed him there.

"I'm back to my high school offense and I love it," said Levingston. "I'm playing left tackle there. I'm in better shape. I was at 330 when I was at SMU but now I'm down to 285 and I have muscle mass and feel so much better."

Schools are also back to check out Levingston, mostly from the Pac-12.

"One of the biggest reasons I came back was because I wanted to play in the Pac-12," said Levingston. "Washington offered me in high school and they're recruiting me again and Arizona State is showing a lot of interest."

Klemm and UCLA are too, and Levingston was at UCLA's home opener on Saturday.

"Coach Klemm and I talk all the time," said Levingston. "I think he's really interested and is just waiting to offer. He's supposed to be at my game in a couple of weeks and we'll talk more about it then. I'm ready to put on a show for him."

So would a UCLA offer be tough to turn down?

"I would be at strong interest," said Levingston. "It's close to home and I'd get to play for him again. I'd like to play close to home and have my family be right down the street."

Levingston said he enjoyed his time at the Rose Bowl.

"It was pretty nice," said Levingston. "I'd been to a couple of games my senior year, but this was still a lot of fun."

Levingston, who's now 6-4.5, 285, said he will be done in December and able to sign then and would have two years to play two in college.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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