As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at quarterback Will Levis, who is ranked as the No. 27 pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation by 247sports.
School: Xavier HS (Conn.)
Projected position: Quarterback
Ranking: Three stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Albany, Ball State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Columbia, UConn, Dartmouth, Florida State, Fordham, Harvard, Holy Cross, Iowa, UMass, North Carolina, Ohio, Ole Miss, Princeton, Rhode Island, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse, Toledo, Western Michigan, Yale.
Projection: Sometimes, you can tell by the offers how a prospect is evaluated, but Levis’ offers range from the Ivy Leagues to the FCS to the non-power conferences to big-time programs like Florida State and Penn State. Basically, it comes down to “either you see ‘it’ with him, or you don’t.” But, there’s so much to like about Levis, it’s difficult to see why he’s not a higher-rated prospect. He has prototypical size for a pocket passer, and he can move. He’s got a bit of gunslinger to him, and on film, he looks a lot like former Penn State and West Scranton quarterback Matt McGloin when he’s in the pocket, in the sense that he is fearless enough to stand in, try to buy an extra minute, then take a chance on any throw. But he runs pretty well, and he might get faster once he gets into Penn State’s strength program. If he does, he’ll have a very Tommy Stevens-like skill set, because he’s a very physical runner and unafraid to get an extra yard or two by lowering the shoulder. Levis passed for 2.793 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, but the guess here is that his competition wasn’t the best. He’ll have time to develop behind several quarterbacks well-positioned ahead of him. But there’s a lot of upside here.