Cienega running back Gabe Levy, one of the top college prospects in Southern Arizona last fall, announced today he is committed to attend the University of Mary, an NCAA Division II program in Bismarck, N.D.
Levy is the 20th Class of 2021 local prospect to commit to a college and the seventh from Cienega to do so. He is also the seventh local prospect to commit to colleges in the Dakotas.
“I picked the University of Mary because from Day One they showed they wanted me to go there,” Levy said. “They always sent me letters and the coaches always texted me. They are building a culture there that I want to be a part of.”
— Gabriel Levy (@Levy_G8) January 24, 2021
In two varsity seasons at Cienega under coach Pat Nugent, Levy, 6-foot and 200 pounds, rushed for 1,341 yards on 191 carries with 11 touchdowns. His season last fall was limited to two games because of COVID-19 and he gained an impressive 359 yards on 46 carries with four touchdowns.
He was also a state-championship caliber wrestler at Cienega.
Levy said this season that he gets his tough, physical style of running between the tackles from his wrestling background.
“Just being able to have balance, not be taken down and stay up I think it comes from wrestling and also watching some of the bigger guys Derek Henry run the ball, just not being able to be taken down by a single person,” Levy said.
Here are the 20 local players who have committed or signed:
- Former Salpointe OT Jonah Miller on May 18 to Oregon. He is forgoing his final season in high school and plans to attend Oregon in the spring. He signed on Dec. 16.
- CDO RB Stevie Rocker on July 16 to Arizona. He signed on Dec. 16.
- CDO DE/LB Chase Randall on Sept. 2 to Sioux Falls.
- Ironwood Ridge QB Chase Cassel on Sept. 23 to St. Norbert.
- Nogales LB Rene R. Urias Jr. on Oct. 1 to Grinnell
- Cienega QB Ryan Swoger on Oct. 23 to South Dakota State. He signed on Dec. 16.
- Walden Grove LB Sebastian Adamski on Nov. 16 to Drake. He signed on Dec. 16.
- Cienega C Andrew Husfelt on Nov. 19 to Washburn.
- Ironwood Ridge FS Dylan Cook on Nov. 24 to Morehead State
- Walden Grove WR Alex Culbertson on Nov. 24 to Simpson
- Catalina Foothills TE Garrick Krautz on Dec. 9 to Morehead State.
- Cienega SS Sebastian Felix on Dec. 16 to Drake.
- Cienega LB Isaiah Webb on Dec. 18 to Western New Mexico.
- Cienega DT Hunter Schlagel on Dec. 18 to Western New Mexico.
- Buena OT Dominic Avant on Jan. 19 to Sioux Falls.
- Pusch Ridge RB/DB Evan Lovett on Jan. 19 to Minot (N.D.) State
- Cienega WR/DB Charles Hamm III on Jan. 19 to Jamestown
- Buena RB Isaac Benoit on Jan. 20 to Sioux Falls
- Salpointe TE Fernando Torres on Jan. 22 to St. Olaf
- Cienega RB Gave Levy on Jan. 23 to Mary
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