Andre Levrone, Jr., didn’t intend on verbally committing to the University of Virginia on Wednesday, when he and his parents were in Charlottesville for a visit, but he returned home as a member of UVa’s 2013 class. So what spurred him on to make the pledge to Mike London?
Andre Levrone, Jr.
“I had been thinking about [committing to Virginia] for a good while,” admitted the Good Counsel (Olney, MD) junior, who also considered offers from Auburn and Mississippi State. “Whenever I started to get interest from schools, Virginia was close to the top of my list. It wasn’t at the forefront of my mind yesterday, but I was talking to Coach London and I just felt it.
“It feels like a weight is lifted. I know where I’m going to go to school.”
The Virginia coaches deserve kudos here for getting in early and developing a strong relationship with Levrone.
“I was able to build relationships with each of the coaches I was involved with, especially Coach London but also with Anthony Poindexter and Coach Lazor,” Levrone said. “They’ve really stayed in contact with me. I’ve felt so comfortable whenever I’ve been on campus. It means a lot to be around a lot of guys with great character, to know they will be there for me.”
Once he knew what he wanted to do, Levrone (pronounced Lev-rone-ee) discussed the situation with his parents. From there, all that was left was to tell Coach London the news. London, not one to hide his emotion, showed his excitement.
“He was really excited,” Levrone said with a laugh. “He got up and gave me a big hug. He said, ‘Welcome to the family.’ His excitement rose my excitement.”
Levrone saw limited action at wide receiver and defensive back last season as a junior. With 5-star senior receiver Stefon Diggs moving on, the 6’2″, 193-pound standout could be primed for a breakout season with the Falcons in 2012.
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