HURST, Texas — For the past three years, defensive end Vili Leveni and offensive lineman Jesse Robinson have gone head-to-head on the practice field.
That'll now continue at Oklahoma State, with the high school teammates and close friends from Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell both signing their letters of intent to play for the Cowboys Wednesday morning.
"He's actually made me a lot better since sophomore year, always going up against him," Levini said. "I'm glad I get to go up there with him to help continue to get better."
Robinson, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, has been a known OSU commit since November. But Leveni, also a three-star prospect, was a late grab for the Cowboys, as he switched his pledge from Utah after an in-home visit from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer last week.
A push from Robinson also helped Leveni pick the Cowboys.
“He kept hitting me up saying, ‘OSU, OSU, OSU,'” Leveni said with a laugh. “I finally listened. I'm glad I did, too.”
At 6-6 and about 290 pounds, Robinson is an explosive lineman for his size with great feet. Leveni also possess an ideal frame at 6-4 and 260 pounds, as well as the athleticism to make him a versatile option at defensive end.
Robinson and Leveni sat on the stage in their high school auditorium Wednesday while family and friends snapped photos. Robinson sported a large orange Cowboy hat, while Leveni was more subtle in an orange tie and black OSU cap.
They both flashed big smiles while throwing up the “Pistols Firing” sign together.
They'll get to do that together for years to come.
“It's going to be good to have somebody there that knows me, that I can count on to have my back,” Robinson said. “But then it's also somebody to push me, that's been here with me for three, four years just grinding out there.
“He knows how to push me to another level.”