Top Seniors - Jason Leventis - - Eastside

"We simply want to win, win the Region, win playoffs games and make it to Columbia and Williams Brice Stadium. Everything our team does is geared towards that goal" states Eastside player Jason Leventis.


The 3 year lettermen Strong Safety and Middle Linebacker was voted All Region and All County last season following a stellar Junior campaign that saw him led his team with 105 tackles. The 5' 11, 195 lb. rising Senior was one of the top players in the upstate and is looking forward to the 2003 season.


Leventis will be playing both ways this season for Coach John Carlisle's Eagle Squad. He will line up initially at the strong safety position but could see time at either corner or even in the middle of the linebacker corp. On offense he will see time at wide receiver and will even line up in the backfield. "Wherever the team needs me, that is where I will play."


Jason is excited for the season to start. Eastside has 5 seniors on the team that started as true freshmen and now are ready for their senior season. The group of seniors is looking for a great season to push Eastside further than they have ever made it in the Class 3A playoffs.  A returning nucleus of 16 starters have excitement running high for the upcoming season.


Leventis has been working hard since the 2002 season ended. His forty times has improved to 4.55 and his bench press has increased to almost 290 pounds. He has set a goal of 325 on the bench press before the season starts. By working with the strength coach and competing in the state weight lifting competition, Jason is assured of meeting his goal.


Off the field Jason is a prime example of a true student athlete and is a leader in the school and community. He carries a 3.937 GPA and will take the SAT on April 5 where he has set a goal of 1200 for his initial score. He worked as the leader last year (during the Wade Hampton – Eastside rivalry week) on the Systinosis Foundation fundraiser where Eastside High School raised thousands of dollars for research. The foundation raises money to combat the degenerative organ disease that afflicts young people. His participation in that event and many others allowed the schools to raise money toward a variety of charities.


For his college choices, Jason hopes to follow his dad and play for the University of South Carolina. His father Andrew played for Coach Dezell from 1970 to 1974. He is also receiving interest from Clemson, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska and Virginia. A few schools that you don't hear very often in this area are also contacting Jason. Among those schools are Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Penn. It is a testament to Jason's work ethic that he is being offered by Ivy League Schools.


"I want to play major college football in the SEC or ACC. My favorite would be to play where my dad played at USC but I am willing to look at all my opinions. Attending an Ivy League school would be a great honor also but South Carolina would be my top choice right now."


One other interesting piece of information concerning the Leventis family, Jason's dad Andrew played for current Eastside Coach John Carlisle while in high school. Coach Carlisle was the head coach at Wade Hampton while Jason's dad was in high school at Wade Hampton from 1966-1969.


2003 could be a very special season in eastern Greenville County and Jason and the Eagles could be making a run at a Class 3A Region 2 title.


Best of luck in 2003 to Jason and the Eastside Eagles.













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