How good of an athlete is senior Pine-Richland wide receiver/cornerback Levi Wentz?
Consider that this is the first season Wentz has played organized football and he’s already receiving interest from D-I programs, including the Pitt Panthers. In fact, Wentz has received an invite from the Panthers to attend Saturday’s big game vs. Miami, Fla.
Up until this school year, Wentz (6’3″, 175) has strictly played basketball and wanted to give football a try but first had to prove to his father that he really wanted to play.
“I’ve asked my dad about playing before and he said ‘alright I’ll let you play football if you can show me you can show me you can do 100 pushups in a row,” Wentz told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So, I’ve had that challenge since middle school but I never really wanted to do the pushups so I never really tried. Then last summer, I started doing pushups every night before bed. I first started off and could only do like 10-15 and I’d do those for a week or two and then I could get up to 30 and eventually I got 100. So, my dad said so this really means something to you and I started working out with the team.”
Wentz wasn’t just learning to play football with any team, he was joining one of the most successful programs and coaches in the state, Pine-Richland and Eric Kasperowicz.
“Coach has been amazing and from day one, he’s been helping me learn the game. Whenever I first started, he didn’t just push me towards a specific position, he let me explore the positions,” said Wentz. “My plan was to be a wide receiver but being a first year player, that’s a lot to learn considering our offense. He then gave me a shot at corner and probably way early before I really knew what was going on. During our 7-on-7’s, he’d just throw me out there with the first team and would say “show me what you got.” I don’t think there’s a better coach to learn from and I’m really picking things up.”
Wentz is picking things up so well that he’s already receiving interest from D-I programs and has made recent visits to Akron and William & Mary. As far as his future position, Wentz tells me that with his size and athleticism, teams are telling him that he can play multiple positions in college but right now he’s focused on getting better at cornerback.
“When I first start playing this year, playing football in college was not even something I was thinking about so all this attention has been a huge surprise,” said Wentz. “I think the first school to reach out to me was William & Mary. Then schools like Akron, Cornell and other schools DM’d me and have been in contact. It’s just been really surprising.”
The latest school to show some interest is Pitt and Wentz couldn’t be happier about getting an invite to Saturday’s Pitt game and hopes it eventually leads to something.
“Honestly, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been a Pitt fan for as long as I can remember. I go to a lot of games and I’m a die-hard fan since day one so it’s a great feeling to know that I got this invite and that they have some interest in me. If they got really serious in recruiting me, I don’t know what I’d do. It would be the greatest thing ever.”