By Andrew Gorringe
As with most JUCO recruits, Dana was lightly recruited after his freshman season at Chaffey junior college, but pulled in offers from Utah, Washington State, Colorado State and Texas State. Dana was originally committed to Washington State out of high school, so when the Cougars re-offered him as a JUCO recruit, most believed that would be the place he would end up. It ultimately came down to the Cougars and the Utes for Dana, but an unofficial visit to Utah during their 2015 fall camp pushed Dana over the edge, and he committed to Coach Whittingham in his office later that day.
Dana is a big bodies receiver at 6’3-190lbs, and his size compares very well to former Ute wide receiver Anthony Denham, but leaner. What separates Dana from Denham though is his speed, as Dana is both quicker and faster than Denham was, which makes Dana a true deep threat at his position. Dana lined up all over the field for Chaffey during his freshman season, lining up on both the outside and inside of the formation, in order to create the best matchup’s for his offense. Dana showed his versatility in the Chaffey offense as well, as he was used for both deep passes and bubble screens, which is something you don’t see often for a receiver of his size. Dana also does a good job at catching passes away from his body, and uses his size to his advantage in run blocking, as he’s routinely able to body up defenders out on the edge.
Dana sat out the 2015 season after having knee surgery, so he’ll begin his career at Utah as redshirt sophomore, with 3 years of eligibility. Dana was at one point considered to be an early grad, but was unable to get the necessary course work completed to enroll for the spring semester. Dana will be ready to go to join the Utes in the summer, and as long as his knee has been properly rehabbed, he should be in the thick of things to earn playing time from the get go. Look for Utah to utilize Dana on both the outside and inside of the formation to try and create match up problems.