Bounce-Back Season for Jarvis Leverett

MANHATTAN, Kan. - After suffering an injury that had him watching from the sidelines almost his entire junior year, Jarvis Leverett returned from injury to put up great senior numbers. Now fully healed, the running back from Cy Lakes High School in Katy, Tx is excited to show what eh can do at the next level

Jarvis Leverett, who committed to the Kansas State program in September, had a nice bounce-back season after being sidelined most of his junior year with a knee injury. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas, may not have gone out with a state title, but leaves with a legacy in place as the football program's first scholarship athlete.

"It didn't go nowhere near as well as I had hoped," said Jarvis Leverett. "It was a combination of things that went wrong, but really just a lot of bad luck. I had a Staph infection that caused me to miss game seven and eight. It was tough having to watch for the second straight year as my team's hopes went down the drain."

To the Spartans credit, the school is one of the newest in the Cy-Fair area of Houston. They fielded a varsity football team for the first time in just 2010, Leverett's junior year. Still, Leverett put together a couple of 100-yard games (123 against Jersey Village and 109 against Cypress Springs) to help bolster the Spartan effort. Now his focus shifts to preparing himself to become a Wildcat.

"I usually call Coach (Dana) Dimel every week to check in," said Levertt. "I know he's busy getting ready for the Cotton Bowl, so I haven't spoken with him since Christmas. I'll be taking my official visit [to Kansas State] on January 19th. I'll be going up there with my Mom."

It was at a Kansas State camp in July that coaches began to notice Leverett's talent. It was a leap of faith the staff made with Leverett considering past leg issues, only two years of varsity football (one at the time), and holding no other offers. Once the offer became official it didn't take him long to accept.

"When I was at camp going through drills, Coach Dimel wanted me at the front of every line," Leverett said. "I was confident I had a good camp, and while I didn't know they would offer I had a pretty good feeling. It was the second day of my school when my coach told me I had an official offer. It was only three of four weeks later that I knew I was ready to be a Wildcat."

Leverett credited his relationship with the coaches as his main reason for pulling the trigger in September.

"Bill Snyder is a powerful man," said Leverett. "He didn't say much to me, but what he said to me about leadership meant so much to me. I took it, and I ran with it."

Kansas State is making their third trip to the Lone Star State for the Cotton Bowl Classic. They were victorious in their two previous visits to Lubbock and Austin. Leverett has enjoyed following the team's success.

"I've watched almost every [Kansas State] game," Leverett said. "They've done well. I think Collin Klein is the heart of the team. He leads the team at quarterback and isn't afraid to take the game into his hands. He'll put his nose down to pick up the extra yards. I think he's fearless. I can't wait to line up beside him and be with the team."

Leverett's freshman year at Cypress Lakes was the school's first year of operation. They only provided a junior varsity squad for Leverett and his teammates until 2010. Not only will he be the first football at Cypress Lakes to sign a scholarship in February, he'll also be the first in his family. He graduates at the end of May and will report to Manhattan soon afterward for summer school.

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