Ballou OL Levon Livingston commits to Kentucky

Ballou OL Levon Livingston has committed to Kentucky. (Photo Courtesy of Ballou High School)
Ballou OL Levon Livingston has committed to Kentucky. (Photo Courtesy of Ballou High School)

Less than a year after he burst onto the recruiting scene with strong showings on the summer camp circuit, Ballou junior offensive lineman Levon Livingston committed to Kentucky on Saturday.

The move comes after the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Livingston took a visit to Lexington this past weekend. He was also seriously considering West Virginia, and he also held offers from UNC-Charlotte, NC State and Temple.

“[I] got to tour the campus, watch practice, meet the staff, hang with players and the fans there are unbelievable,” Livingston said of his visit. “Other major schools showed lots of interest, but Kentucky was resilient.”

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Livingston said that Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops was involved in his recruitment from its inception, which was one of the primary factors in choosing the Wildcats, he said. He will be a left tackle at the school, and plans to attend the team’s high school camp this summer.

“Coach Stoops spoke about recruiting good student-athletes that can make a difference and believes I could be one of those pieces,” Livingston said.

It’s the latest turn in a successful junior season for Livingston, who was a second-team All-Met last fall after helping lead his team to the DCIAA playoffs. While he is expected to one of the city’s best offensive linemen entering his senior season, he has also established himself as a stellar pass rusher — recording 19.5 sacks in 2013. He competed in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January with teammate Delontae Moore.

While he has been a centerpiece in helping the Southeast school return to DCIAA prominence, he hopes to do the same at Kentucky, which finished 2-10 last season and lost all eight of its games in SEC play.

“The staff made me a priority and the coaches were eager to speak with my parents, thats something a lot of coaches do early in the process,” Livingston said. “I appreciate all interest as its a chance to attend school for free. They spoke about being rebuilding and me being a cornerstone in that process.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 30
The number of seconds left on the clock when Osbourn Park forward Lewin Artiga tied the game with a goal to salvage a 1-1 tie against rival Osbourn Friday.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– The 2013-14 Winter All-Mets have arrived! The full listing of teams can be found here.

– Paul VI pitcher Yianni Tsiamis made a short appearance in Sunday’s game against unbeaten DeMatha, but he came through in a clutch fashion to give the Panthers an important WCAC win.

– All-Met Chania Ray had another strong showing in Saturday’s Dicks Sporting Goods National High School tournament title game against Fremont (Utah) at Madison Square Garden, helping Riverdale Baptist to its second title.  

– Kennedy seniors Devon Hairston and Alieu Cole formed a powerful tandem at Saturday’s Coyote Invite at Clarksburg, while Huntingtown senior Collin McKenny had a big day throwing the discus at the Largo Lions Invitational.

– Severna Park’s Eva Klaus had a break-out performance with seven goal to help the Falcons upend South River in a hotly contested girls’ lacrosse match Friday.

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Boys’ soccer: No. 4 West Springfield at No. 1 Oakton

After a strong start to the season — including a 4-3 win over Lee on Friday — the Spartans (4-0) look to upset the banged-up Cougars (4-1-1).

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