Levi is focused on his season

After a very good offseason that has seen him drop over 30 pounds, College of San Mateo DT Rika Levi (6-3, 345) has turned his focus from recruiting to helping his team to a state championship. That being said, he took the time recently to update JCFootball.com on where things stand on the recruiting front and also talked about his goals and plans for this season...

"I've been focusing on getting ready for my season so recruiting hasn't really been something I've thought much about over the past couple of months," Levi told JCFootball.com. "I'm still talking to a few schools and I have offers from Washington and Missouri still.

"I talk to (Washington DL coach) (Tosh) Lupoi a lot and he keeps talking about where things are with their program and what they are looking for in the guys they are recruiting. He and I also talk about life and how my school is coming along."

In addition to the Huskies and Tigers who have offered, Levi said he's been in touch with Auburn, Georgia, USC, San Jose State and California among others.

As a freshman, Levi, using his 6'3", 370-pound frame to post 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles while playing almost exclusively at the nose tackle spot. However, with an outstanding offseason that has seen him shed some serious pounds, he plans to be much more versatile this year.

"I'll mostly shade over the center to either side, but that won't be all I do," Levi noted. "I'll play some three-tech (pass-rushing defensive tackle) or even move out and play the five (tech) where I'm lined up head up on the tackle. It doesn't really matter to me. I just want to help my team. I'm down to about 345 pounds now. I've been running a lot and eating a lot better and that has really helped me."

Levi said while he's put recruiting on the back-burner, he said he will start to focus on it again once the season gets underway.

"My coaches think more schools will be after me if I get off to a good start and once they see how I've done in my classes during the summer, so that's something that I've sorta just been waiting on," Levi said. "I'll take visits after my season ends and then I'll make my decision sometime in January probably."

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

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