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Meet The 2018 Class: QB Will Levis

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 class.

After losing Justin Fields (I’m not mad), Penn State regrouped to find its new quarterback. The Nittany Lions were patient in their search, and seemed prepared to head into the fall without a quarterback committed. But after a stellar camp performance from Will Levis in July, Penn State offered the Connecticut gunslinger, who quickly jumped onboard the 2018 class.

Vitals

Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Quarterback Middletown, CT Xavier 6-foot-3, 200 pounds Three-star (0.8689)

Highlights

Scouting Report

Before getting to the film itself, we need to start with Levis’ ridiculously high SPARQ rating of 123.27, the highest score of any quarterback in the country. He ran a faster 40-yard dash than Zack Kuntz. He had a better vertical leap than Justin Shorter. He had a longer power throw than Micah Parsons. And perhaps most impressively, his 20-yard shuttle time was just 0.03 seconds slower than Ricky Slade.

This dude is an absurd athlete, but for whatever reason, his film doesn’t quite match his numbers. That’s not to take anything away from his ability as a quarterback, but you see those numbers, and you’d think Levis’ film would emulate Tommy Stevens’. Instead, Levis is much more of a pure quarterback prospect. He certainly has his moments where he tucks it and runs, but more than anything, Levis utilizes his athleticism behind the line of scrimmage. He shows a great sense of feeling pressure, making sudden moves within the pocket to buy time, and displays quickness when rolling out.

Where Levis’ bread will be buttered is in the pocket. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he has prototypical quarterback size and the arm to match. Levis might not possess Hackenberg-level arm strength, but he’ll have no problem being able to stretch the field. He shows good zip, especially on intermediate passes, something that’s critical in a RPO offense.

Levis has a quick release, although sometimes his mechanics are inconsistent. Because of that, he struggled with accuracy at times at the high school level. He only completed 54.2% of his passes throughout his three seasons, and it isn’t like he was playing against elite competition either. It’s not a major concern, as accuracy is usually one of the last traits a quarterback will develop, but still something to keep an eye on.

Outlook

Levis will absolutely redshirt in 2018, but he could be closer to playing time than many believe. As has been the case since last season, Tommy Stevens holds the key to Penn State’s future at quarterback. If he stays, he’ll be the unquestioned starter in 2019, pushing a true quarterback competition until 2020. If Stevens opts to transfer, that’s when things get interesting, as it will leave Penn State with Jake Zembiec, Sean Clifford, Will Levis, and whoever signs next year. Being that Clifford beat out Zembiec for the third-string spot this past season, the battle could end up being Clifford vs. Levis.