Levi Draper is a four-star interior linebacker out of Collinsville, Oklahoma. Draper is the no. 4 ILB in the entire nation according to 247sports.com. Draper was listed as the top recruit in the state of Oklahoma.
He’s an athlete’s athlete, playing not just the linebacker spot but also taking the field as a wide receiver and tight end as well as special teams plays. In other words: this kid’s a gamer. Of course, he’ll only play one way in college, but he shows great hands and instincts that can only help him on the defensive side of the ball.
Check out some of his highlights below, including some of his offensive plays:
Clearly, Draper has the speed and athleticism to make an impact on the next level. He runs a reported 5.58 40 yard dash. In his highlights, Draper (who dwarfs most other 5A players) routinely and hastily runs down ball carriers to blow up the play. He also displays good intincts in flying to the ball.
One of Draper’s big advantages and something that could propel him into immediate playing time is that he was one of Oklahoma’s early enrollees from the ’17 class. While spring ball can often be a false barometer of a player’s true worth, Draper immersing himself in the campus culture and academics while simultaneously building relationships with coaches and players four months early could mean a world of difference. His 6’3″, 225 lbs. frame might not need any extra muscle–additional muscle could be detrimental to his speed–but the workouts, conditioning, and skill training that Draper will go through in the spring will give him a leg up on late arrivals to campus.
The Tulsa World’s Cody Stavenhagen asked Draper about his decision to enroll early:
“This has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember,” Draper said. “I didn’t want to wait around and in four months, when school’s over, look back and say, ‘Wow, I could have been down there going through spring ball and getting better.’”
With the news that linebacker Jacob Phillips had flipped to Louisiana State, Draper’s signing becomes all the more important. Although Phillips was a five-star LB, Draper has all the tools to be just as good of a player–or even better.