Levine Ready to Work

"I just wish I could get on campus right now and start working. I want to be as prepared as possible so I can hopefully get in the rotation right away. I always thought I wanted to go far away but the more I think about Minnesota, the more I realize how much I love it. It really is the best state in the country..."

Eden Prairie, Minn. safety prospect Grayson Levine claims offers from Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Pennsylvania and Western Illinois. The 6-foot, 190-pounder added an offer from the home state Gophers to the list following his official visit to Minnesota last weekend.

"Coach Jerry Kill gave me a call Sunday night, but I missed it because I was finishing up homework," Levine said. So I gave him a call back and he answered right away and he just talked a bit about the visit and then got straight to the point and offered."

With an offer extended, Levine hastily chose to spend the next four years donning the Maroon and Gold.

"I committed on the phone as soon as he offered. He asked me if he could count on me to give everything I have and work my tail off for him. I said yes, I definitely could."

Prior to his pledge, the newest Minnesota commit spent last weekend on campus meeting his future coaches, bonding with teammates and touring the 50,805-seat, brick home of Gopher football.

"I have to say that I loved just sitting and talking with the coaches. I loved getting to know them better and learning about their plans for the future as well as coaching styles. Coach [Tracy] Claeys and Kill did an amazing job with making me feel comfortable and were very upfront with everything so my father and I appreciated that.

"He is really a great man. He has an amazing philosophy that I have been around throughout high school with coach [Mike] Grant so it made me feel right at home.

"I also had a great time with the other recruits. The McAvoy's were great guys. Real funny. I hung out with Max [Shortell] and Quinn [Bauducco] most of the time and grew to be close with them. Quinn and I have actually been talking a bit about rooming together.

"And just seeing the entire TCF Bank Stadium was amazing. I had no idea how truly magnificent it really is."

The thrilling prospect of suiting up for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is a dream come true for Grayson Levine.

"I still can't believe all this is happening," he said. "It's just really cool when you think back to youth football and dreaming about playing big time ball.

"I finally made it…can't wait to pad up!"

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