Chaffey Community College wide receiver Alec Dana, formerly of St. Paul HS, signed with Washington State as a part of the 2013 recruiting class, but after failing to qualify academically, he went the JUCO route, not only to shore up his academics, but to also recover from a broken collarbone sustained during his senior year of high school. After greyshirting a year at College of the Desert, Dana enrolled at Chaffey Community College, and is on track to be a mid-year grad for the 2016 recruiting class.
Prior to his injury, Dana was seeing significant interest from nearly every PAC 12 school, and he's starting to see that interest level rise again, and is starting to accumulate more offers. "My recruitment has been going great. I love it," said Dana. "It's a different feeling though. I try not to focus on it, but let it fuel me for more, and make sure I focus on what I need to do to accomplish my goals." After not qualifying academically, Dana is focused on keeping his grades up, but also becoming a better football player. "I'm trying to be the best at what I do, and controlling what I can by keeping my grades up and staying on track academically." Dana is currently on track to qualify as a member of the 2016 recruiting class, and will have 2 years to play 2 after joining a team in time for Spring Camp in 2016.
Dana currently holds offers from 4 FBS schools, and 2 P5 schools, both from the PAC 12. "I have offers from Utah, Washington State, Colorado State and Texas State right now. Right now, I can't really say a school is standing out more than the rest. I'm not so sure about that right now." Dana is also receiving some heavy interest from San Diego State, and was able to take a short unofficial visit there in the spring, but doesn't have any other plans to take unofficial visits.
Corner backs coach Sharrieff Shah from the University of Utah was the first coach/school to offer Dana for the 2016 recruiting class, and he has built up a great relationship Dana so far. "My relationship with Utah is great," said Dana. "Coach Shah, me and him have a great connection. Coach Nick (Alaimalo) is also really great, and I have a great connection with Coach Erickson as well. My overall impression of Utah is that I like the coaches and feel comfortable with them early on." With two senior wide receivers, Utah will look to fill holes at the position that is in dire need of speed and depth, which is something Dana could deliver on. "I feel like I would be a great fit in Utah's offense, because they run the spread and they find ways for their players to get open in that system. I feel like I would bring style, leadership and a determination to always win, to that team. I have speed and technique, and that separates me from the rest. Also my ability to go up and catch the ball."
Being a mid-year grad, Dana would have to make his final decision around the middle of December, and that's exactly when he plans on doing that. "Right now I'm saying I'd like to make a decision in December. I want to go somewhere that I can flourish, and where I'll have a great coach pushing me hard 100% of the time."
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