2014 JUCO DT visits UW

As a freshman last season, College of San Mateo DT Rika Levi weighed in at 398 pounds, but after four months of workouts, he's trimmed down and that has brought schools from all over to see him. The Huskies were the first school to offer the big, run-stuffing prospect and this past weekend he visited Washington unofficially and he came away impressed...

"It was a great trip. I had a really good time," Levi told Dawgman.com. "I was actually the lowest I've been weight-wise before I came up there. I was 348 when I left, but when I got home I was 350. I ate a lot up there."

Levi also noted that he enjoyed the rest of his visit in addition to the food choices.

"I loved it," Levi said. "The players up there really made me feel at home and the facilities are amazing there."

During his freshman campaign this past fall, Levi started three games while working into the rotation during CSM's other eight contests, posting 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

"I played mostly on the nose and that's where most schools want me," Levi said. "Auburn has been after me and I've spoken with Florida State, Cincinnati and San Jose State too. Everyone wants me as a one-tecnique or a shade (nose tackle) and that's a great fit for me because I'm good at stuffing the run, but I can also rush the quarterback too.

"Washington offered me before I went up there, so they are my only offer right now and I really like coach (Tosh) Lupoi a lot and he said they like what I can do too."

When he stepped on campus last summer, Levi weighed nearly 400 pounds and played most of the season at that weight, but since the end of the Bulldogs' season, he's worked hard to shed the pounds and he's stayed motivated to keep it off.

"It's all been about eating right and running a lot," Levi said. "We weigh in once a week and if I'm over 355 pounds, I have to run three miles and if I'm under it I run 2.5 miles. Our coaches here really push you and motivate you and it's really helped me a lot."

Levi is on pace to graduate in May of 2014 and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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