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Levi Wentz’s life has changed drastically over the last calendar year.
Before 2019, he was just playing high school basketball. In the offseason and after years of thinking about it, he decided to play football for the first time.
That’s proven to be a great decision because after a spectacular senior season, Wentz has earned numerous college opportunities the latest coming from his hometown school. Pat Narduzzi and Archie Collins contacted Wentz today and told him he’d earned a preferred walk on opportunity from Pitt.
“Everything that’s happening right now is a blessing,” Wentz said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “A year ago today, I wasn’t even thinking about football and to think about where I am right now it’s just a blessing from God. It’s stressful because we’re getting down to the end here but the position I’m in, I wouldn’t change it for the world because I have an opportunity to go play football at the college level and get a great education.”
— ØNE OF ØNE (@LeviWentz) January 20, 2020
Up until this week, Wentz (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) received scholarship offers from places like Old Dominion, Army, Lehigh, Dartmouth, Albany, Columbia and Cornell. Then his college decision got more difficult as he received two big walk-on opportunities: Pitt and Penn State.
“I actually got the walk-on offer from Penn State earlier in the week. I had been talking to one of their recruiting coaches about it and they ended up offering me earlier this week but I didn’t post it until today.”
“I’ve also been talking to Coach [Archie] Collins on the phone about this walk-on opportunity,” said Wentz. “Then today Coach Narduzzi came to our school but unfortunately, I wasn’t there because I’m on my way to an official visit (Old Dominion). Coach Graham Wilbert then called me and told me that they’d love to have me as a preferred walk-on.”
“Growing up, I’ve been a Pitt fan my whole life so I already have some interest. The preferred walk-on is a spot on the team so you can play your way into playing time and potentially a scholarship. I still have to weigh my options as I have less than two weeks to decide.”
Leading up to February National Signing Day on Feb. 5, Wentz will have to decide whether to accept a scholarship offer from one of the above mentioned schools or to accept the PWO offer from Pitt or Penn State. It obviously won’t be an easy decision.
“The biggest factor for me is a place that I feel like I’m at home,” said Wentz. “I don’t want to go somewhere just because I’m on scholarship and not like it there. Getting a scholarship from anywhere is an amazing opportunity but is it worth it in the end if I’m not going to like being there?
“Another thing is my relationship with the coaching staff. I don’t have to play for the nicest coaches but I want to play for the coaches that I feel will develop me the best. Since I’m still new to football, I want someone that’s going to teach me and help me learn the game more so I can take it as far as I can.”
— ØNE OF ØNE (@LeviWentz) November 18, 2019