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Recruiting on the South Plains | JUCO OL Dontae Levingston Commits & Signs with Texas Tech

Texas Tech received a commitment and signed JUCO offensive lineman, Dontae Levingston, from Santa Monica C.C. Levingston was part of the early signees from a five player JUCO class.

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PLAYER: Dontae Levingston

POSITION: Offensive line
HEIGHT: 6'5"
JUCO: Santa Monica C.C. (Santa Monica, CA)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 70 | 24/7 Sports 81
VTM PROFILE DATE: December 22, 2013

OFFERS | Alcorn St., Georgia St., Idaho, Kansas, Kansas St., Memphis, Middle Tenn. St., New Mexico, Old Dominion, Texas Tech, UTSA and Washington St.

STATS | Nada.


SCOUTING REPORT | Whenever I watch these JUCO videos, I try my best to think that the competition isn't all that great and focus on technique and form. How do the routes look if it is a receiver? If it is defensive back, what's their footwork like? That sort of thing. I tried to do the same thing with Levingston in watching his film. I initially wasn't all that excited about doing a write-up on Levingston, who was originally an SMU signee, but went back to California for family things. I was thinking that Levingston wasn't going to be anything special and I don't think he's "special" in the sense that he's transcendent, but there's a lot of things to really like here.

Levingston has really good footwork. Really good. Stays relatively low for an offensive lineman, or at least he doesn't get really high on his film. There are a couple of clips on his film where Levingston drops off his defensive lineman to the guard to then seamlessly pick up a blitzing player on the outside. How many times did we see this happen this past year? Offensive line pay is really beautiful to watch when it's done well and I love seeing stuff like that. Levingston does a nice job of zone blocking, which isn't rocket science, but it is blocking down in unison and he does that well. Levinston is also pretty darned athletic, which is what you would expect from a guy that is only 285 or so. He can really move out in space and showed the ability track down defensive backs and block when pulling. It's easy for offensive linemen to whiff on those sorts of things. And maybe most importantly, Levingston looks good in space playing left tackle. The ability to block one-on-one. There really isn't a greater thing that an offensive linemen needs to do.

I wanted to mention two more things. First, Levingston was named the first team Pacific Conference offensive line. Second, Santa Monica's masco is the "Corsairs". I did not know what Corsair is and I looked it up: 1) A pirate, especially along the Barbary Coast; 2) A swift pirate ship, often operating with official sanction.

Dontae, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class |

2014 Commits

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Byron Daniels WR 6-0/170 Madison (San Antonio, TX) May 8, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 2013
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/275 Belton (Belton, TX) June 10, 2013
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/315 Round Rock (Round Rock, TX) June 10, 2013
Dontae Levingston OL 6-5/285 Santa Monica C.C. (Santa Monica, CA) December 22, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Keland McElrath DT 6-5/290 Coahoma C.C. (Clarksdale, MS) September 25, 2013
Marcus Smith DT 6-3/305 Highland C.C. (Highland, KS) December 15, 2013
Dakota Allen LB 6-2/225 Summer Creek (Humble, TX) August 17, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick Dixon S 5-9/187 Skyline (Dallas, TX) June 19, 2013
Joseph Clark DB 5-9/180 Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) July 28, 2013
Jah’Shawn Johnson DB 5-10/172 Ennis (Ennis, TX) August 13, 2013
Connor Wilson S 6-2/205 Argyle (Argyle, TX) September 18, 2013
Jamarcus Howard CB 5-11/190 Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS) November 4, 2013
Josh Keys DB 6-2/190 Miss. Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MS) December 15, 2013