DeAndre Levy has dreamed of playing college football since childhood. Until he visited a few summer football camps, however, that dream was elusive.
"I always saw myself playing ever since I first started playing like at six," Levy said. "But I really started realizing I could achieve them (goals) in high school."
Levy, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker/offensive end with reported 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, did not receive a single scholarship offer before school let out last spring.
In succession, though, he made camp trips to Indiana, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh. And in succession, the Hoosiers, Badgers and Panthers all offered Levy a scholarship. In addition, he is receiving interest from football heavyweights such as Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska.
The camps, Levy said, allowed him to start getting his name out to college recruiters.
"It is like a dream, really, come true," he said. "I always wanted to play college football and I knew it was just a matter of time for me getting my name out there and letting them get a chance to see me. It happened."
Levy is a three-year starter at defensive end and tight end/wide receiver. He would be a four-year starter, he said, if not for an injury that sidelined him his freshman year.
"Something was wrong with my jaw," he said. "It was real weak and fragile. It would have broke on contact."
His health intact, the versatile Levy has been a star in three seasons at Vincent. In addition to his offensive and defensive duties, Levy began punting at the end of last season and has remained his team's starting punter this year.
Offensively, he has five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown for Vincent, which has opened its season 2-1. He also has 37 rushing yards on two attempts. He had 12 receptions for 173 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Defensively, Vincent's coaches move Levy between inside and outside linebacker depending on the opponent's scheme.
"It depends on where they think I'd be most effective for the week," Levy said.
Levy expects to play outside linebacker in college, though Kansas and Kentucky are looking at him as a receiver or tight end. Wisconsin, Indiana and Pittsburgh have all offered him a scholarship as a linebacker.
Levy is considering every school that is recruiting him and does not expect to make a quick decision. He previously stated that Wisconsin was his leader.
Levy attended the Badgers' opener against Central Florida on an unofficial visit along with Vincent teammate Nick Polk.
"I liked it a lot," Levy said. "The environment and stuff; the new stadium has everything."
Levy closing in on dream
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