Leo OL Landen Livingston sees recruitment explode in a matter of days

Just a few short days ago, Landen Livingston was a normal high school student – trying to survive quarantine life with eLearning, football workouts and spending time with his younger siblings.

Now, the Leo offensive lineman remains the same person, but with offers for his college schooling to be paid for by a trio of Big Ten universities.

Over the course of three days, Livingston a 6-foot-5, 270-pound monster of a sophomore, has picked up scholarship offers from Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana.

It has changed his potential future, but not who he is.

“I remind myself I am the same person I was before Monday,” said Livingston. “It’s been crazy.”

Leo’s Landen Livingston (67) leads the block for Carson McCauley during an August 30, 2019 game against Angola. (Photo by Leverage Photography)

On Monday, Livingston received a call from Leo coach Jared Sauder that a Michigan State assistant coach wanted to talk to him. After connecting, casual talk eventually turned into an offer from the Spartans.

Just a day later, it was Purdue’s turn. Co-Offensive Coordinator JaMarcus Shepard wanted to talk to Livingston as well and made contact with the sophomore. A Zoom call with Coach Jeff Brohm resulted in a scholarship offer.

On Wednesday night, here came Indiana. Assistant coach Darren Hiller got in touch and put Livingston in contact with Coach Tom Allen. A scholarship was offered.

Three days. Three scholarship offers.

“To be honest, I expected these offers, but not this early,” Livingston said. “I went up to a Rising Stars camp last summer before the football season at Michigan State, but that was with the old staff. I did not expect my first offer to come from the new staff.”

The message from coaches has been unanimous – they love Livingston’s film, from how he can pull and change directions from his guard position to how he initiates contact and finishes blocks.

Without any way to train on-location – whether it be at Leo or a training center or spring showcases – Livingston is doing what he can to continue to refine his game from home. Brother Cameron Livingston (a football commit to Valparaiso) is helping tremendously in pushing his younger brother during these unique times.

What’s next? Livingston says he had contact with the likes of Northwestern, Toledo, Western Michigan and Arizona State. After the last few days, anything is possible for the Class of 2022 prospect.

“It is tough not to be able to see the coaches and visit places during the quarantine,” Livingston said. “But I am looking forward to next season.”

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