Andre Levrone struggled to gain notice last season for Good Counsel’s top-ranked football team, but the rising senior wide receiver has already shown well enough to secure a college scholarship.
Levrone, who is 6 feet 2 and 195 pounds, turned down scholarship offers from Auburn and Mississippi State and on Wednesday committed to play for Virginia during a trip to Charlottesville with his parents.
“We drove up last night and spent the night up here in a hotel and this morning we went out to practice,” Levrone said during the drive back. “They practiced in the stadium today at 8:30. From there, we went back over to the team house and I got to sit down with some of the coaches and discuss things.”
Levrone said he did not travel to Charlottesville with the intention of committing. He also had taken campus visits to Auburn, Clemson and Maryland. But his meeting with Coach Mike London and assistant coaches Anthony Poindexter and Shawn Moore helped make the decision easier.
“It was my dad’s third time up there with me, but it was my mom’s first, and she loved it,” Levrone said. “I discussed it with my parents for a little while and we decided to go ahead and do it.”
Levrone played on the freshman team as a ninth grader, but missed most of his sophomore season because of a shoulder injury before joining the junior varsity toward the end of the year and moving up to varsity for the playoffs. He alternated as the Falcons’ third receiver past season on a squad littered with talented skill players led by two-time All-Met Stefon Diggs (Maryland) and All-Met junior Kendall Fuller. Levrone had just one catch for 11 yards.
“I started getting some interest when schools would come up and visit Stefon,” Levrone said. “They would see me at practice and talk to me. I didn’t know [the offseason] would be as busy as it has been for me. It was a blessing to have the opportunity I have been given and take advantage.”
Levrone is the second Good Counsel player to commit to Virginia this offseason, joining quarterback Brendan Marshall. While Marshall was a starter as the Falcons won their third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title, Levrone is looking forward to making his first impression as a senior.
“Our first game is on ESPN in Las Vegas [against Bishop Gorman on Aug. 24] and I’m hoping to turn some heads there,” Levrone said. “I know a lot of people think I have things just because I go to Good Counsel, but I want to prove I’m real and I’m a player myself. Our team goal is we want to get to Las Vegas and get out of there with a ‘W’ and then make sure we win the WCAC championship. Anything short of that is a failure.”
Said Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy: “Don’t sell him short. We plan on some big things for him this fall. ... Let’s face it: 80 percent of the balls went to Diggs and 20 percent went to Fuller and the other guys didn’t get much opportunity. He’s a big, physical guy and he works out real hard. Virginia says, ‘Hey, we think he’s going to be a player, let’s get in on the ground floor.’ That could be a real smart move on their part.”