Dana Tries to Complete Comeback

He broke his collarbone as a high school senior in 2012, but receiver prospect Alec Dana is back, healthy and wants to bring his size and speed to a D-1 program this fall...

Alec Dana, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver, could be a late addition for a program this summer. Dana had interest from many BCS schools following his junior season at Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul, but suffered a major setback in his senior season in 2012.

"I was getting a fly sweep and getting around the edge," Dana said. "As I was getting closer towards the touchdown I dove with the ball towards the pylon, and as I came down I fell on my right collarbone and it broke. I scored though."

His combination of size at 6-foot-3 and 4.4 speed had made him a valuable target for many schools and Dana showed his ability in basketball and baseball as well. Prior to his injury, he was being recruited by multiple Pac-12 schools, but was focusing on putting together a big senior film and potentially getting more offers before making a decision.

"It affected me a lot because after I got injured it was like my recruitment was over," Dana said. "At the time, it was really just about me going out there and playing my hardest so that I could have great choices after the season was over."

Coming out of the high school class of 2013, Dana spent this past year enrolled part at College of the Desert, where he greyshirted. He was able to recover from his injury, put on 25 pounds, and then he studied for the SAT.

"At that time I was 165, right now I'm 190," Dana said of his weight. "I've gained a lot of lean muscle weight and gotten my upper body and right collarbone a lot stronger. It's all healed, I can take hits as much as anybody else can. Going on two years, it happened in 2012, so I've had a lot of time to recover my body and regain my confidence."

Now Dana is hoping to make an impact at the FBS level in 2014. Interest is building once again for the talented wideout.

"Right now there's Fresno State, Utah, UCLA, USC, Nebraska, and they're all waiting on my final NCAA status. I just got a 940 (two-part) on my SAT and I was hyped," Dana said.

"I don't have a top school at the moment, it's just who shows the most interest and who I can help on the field win some games this season," Dana said. "If and when I get the opportunity I feel I could be a great fit anywhere because of my explosiveness, ball skills and my hunger. I've put in much work towards being the best and to win against any opponent."

Dana has been on unofficial visits to Arizona State, Cal, Fresno State, USC and UCLA over the past two years. He recently took a look at Fresno State this past spring.

"They showed a lot interest in me and said they might have a late scholarship available to bring me in for fall camp," Dana said.


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