Xavier's Levis Among State Players To Sign Early Letters

Taking advantage of the new early signing period, Xavier High of Middletown quarterback Will Levis finalized the oral commitment he made back in July to Penn State by signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.

“This is amazing, to be around family and friends, to celebrate something like this,” Levis said during the ceremony at the school. “This is as much a group effort as it is mine, my family, my coaches, my teammates. And to culminate in this moment is amazing. For all the people to come here and show their support, it’s a great time.”

While Levis had his share of offers from around the country, including Florida State, North Carolina and Iowa, committing to Penn State fulfilled a long-held dream.

“We have a couple family connections [in Pennsylvania] that allowed me to stay there and visit [Penn State] camps years ago,” Levis said. “So that was kind of the dream I set for myself and to reach that is amazing.”

Levis said he spent time at multiple camps around the country but his visit to the one at Penn State sealed his decision.

“I wanted to make sure that all my options were given to me,” Levis said. “That I looked at all of them and then I really made a decision where I was going to end up. But I knew Penn State was the place I wanted to be, I knew that was where I was going.”

Levis was one of the top passers in the state this past season, throwing for 2,771 yards on 56.4 percent passing, throwing for 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions and proved capable on his feet, picking up 112 yards and six touchdowns on 61 carries this season. But he also carries a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and said he valued the education at Penn State as much as the football.

“For Will, obviously we’re so excited and happy for him,” Xavier coach Andy Guyon said. “But now this is where the work starts. This has only given him the opportunity to now do better things. And I think that’s what we want to see from him, that he takes advantage of the situation, not only with football but with his education.”

Three From Capital Prep Sign

Three Capital Prep-Hartford stars were among the state signees. Running back Khyon Gillespie and defensive back Oneil Robinson both signed letters with UConn, while quarterback Kyle Zajack committed to Central Connecticut.

Robinson played both safety and wide receiver for the Trailblazers, gaining 1,068 yards and nine touchdowns this season while adding 80 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defended on defense. Gillespie rushed for 1,408 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

Zajack, who passed for 3,058 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2017, wasn’t the only Connecticut player to sign with the Blue Devils. Ansonia running back Markell Dobbs, who orally committed to Central in November, and Windsor linebacker Shayne Manson both signed early with Central.

Other State Commitments

E.O. Smith defensive end Rondell Bothroyd finalized his commitment to Wake Forest. Bothroyd had originally committed to Temple in August but recently switched to the Deacons.

Cheshire Academy had two players sign their letters early. Defensive back Josh Jobe, who played his final year of high school for the Cats, signed with Alabama. TE/DE Travis Ecke, meanwhile, committed to Sacred Heart.

“He’s an incredibly hard working young man,” coach Dave Dykeman said. “I always describe Travis as the consummate teammate. [I’m] excited for him to move on to Sacred Heart. It’s a great opportunity for him.”

Another area prep school, Avon Old Farms, saw linebacker Jesse Walsh commit to Army. And Rockville defensive back Tyler Allen committed to Bryant.

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