Decade's Top Ten: No. 3 Levar Fisher

Pack Pride takes a look back at the last ten years and breaks down our picks for the top players of the decade. Today we break down our pick at No. 3, Linebacker Levar Fisher.

Exiting high school, Levar Fisher could hardly be considered a highly-recruited prospect. He didn’t make any of the state’s top ten recruiting lists that year despite a tremendous senior season for East Carteret High School in Beaufort, NC.

A three year varsity starter, Fisher finished his senior year in Beaufort with 1,043 yards rushing and 147 tackles on defense, including an amazing 34 tackles for loss and seven sacks. In a game against Pamlico that year, he rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns with three of those scores coming in the fourth quarter.

However, despite all his accomplishments, Fisher never emerged as a major college target. There were early offers from NC State, Wake Forest and UNC in addition to a host of division two schools. The Heels would cool in their pursuit of Fisher when academics became a question mark but the Wolfpack never wavered. Jeff Snipes headed up State’s recruiting efforts and his loyalty was rewarded when Fisher improved his SAT score later in the year. Despite a last minute push from the Heels, Fisher committed to the Wolfpack and no one could’ve imagined the impact he’d have on NC State football.

Once in Raleigh it didn’t take long for Fisher to turn the heads of the Wolfpack coaching staff. By the third game he was inserted as a starter at strongside linebacker and finished the year as the fifth leading tackler on the team with 74 stops and led the team with three caused fumbles.

The biggest game of Fisher’s sophomore year came on opening night against Texas. The Pack shocked the heavily favored Longhorns with Fisher leading the way on defense. He had a season-best 13 tackles in that contest including one sack and three tackles for loss. For the year Fisher finished with 104 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.

2000 would be Fisher’s breakout year on the national scene. He led the nation that year with 15.1 tackles per game and finished the season with an eye-popping 166 total stops. The junior linebacker also caused five fumbles and added 15 tackles for loss and five sacks. When all was said and done, Fisher was named ACC defensive player of the year and an all-american by both the Football Writers and Football News. He was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski award.

Fisher’s numbers were down a bit as a senior but still impressed. He totaled 148 tackles that year and was named all-conference for the second consecutive year and an all-american by the AP, AFCA, American Football Foundation, Football News and Sporting News.

In the end Fisher would go down as the Wolfpack’s career record holder for tackles (492) and was third all-time in tackles for loss with 33 and second in fumbles caused with nine.

Fisher was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals but his career was shortened by knee injuries. As he recently told Pack Pride, “I think I left everything on the field in Carter-Finley Stadium.” Today Fisher is a motivational speaker focusing primarily on school-age children and has aspirations of one day getting into broadcasting.

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