Another day, another Florida recruit choosing the Orange. Two days ago, 6’3’’, 230-pound Dana Levine, from Hallandale High School in Hallandale, Fla., verbally committed to Syracuse. Levine’s other offers were from UAB and Alcorn State. He is the first defensive end to verbally commit to the 2015 class.
In terms of numbers, the Orange coaching staff is doing a great job of keeping up with ACC competition; eight verbal commits is solid for late May. However, it is a bit concerning that Syracuse is the best offer by a long shot for most of these players.
Hopefully, George McDonald is actually uncovering all of this Florida talent, and other schools now have these players on their radars—as opposed to having already passed over them.
Levine’s tape shows impressive speed and some bone-crunching tackles. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback which is an area the Orange definitely need some help with. Another encouraging sign is that he has gained 45 pounds since his freshman season. At 230 pounds he will still need to put on muscle if he wants to play defensive end for Syracuse, but his weight gain shows how hard of a worker he is. Levine could also prove to be a versatile player for SU. Scott Shafer could play Levine as a linebacker because of his quickness.
With eight verbal commits, the Orange has filled out about one-third of its 2015 recruiting class, if no one abandons ship. These players will have the responsibility of transitioning Syracuse from an average ACC opponent to a feared conference contender.
Posted by: Connor Morrissette