HURST, Texas — Jesse Robinson ropes people in with his magnetic personality. Vili Leveni's quiet attention to detail rubs off on those around him.
The teammates from Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell might have opposite demeanors, but they bonded over the past three years during their head-to-head practice battles in the trenches.
That'll now continue at Oklahoma State, with Robinson and Leveni 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 offensive linemen by Rivals, has been a known OSU commit since November. But Leveni, a three-star defensive end, 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-foot-6 and about 290 pounds, Robinson is an explosive lineman for his size with great feet. Leveni also possess an ideal frame for his position at 6-4 and 260 pounds, as well as the athleticism to make him a versatile option.
“What I'm going to miss about them most is not only are they great football players and athletes, they've got great character and are just great leaders on our team,” Bell coach Mark Smith said.
Robinson and Leveni sat on the stage in their high school auditorium Wednesday while family and friends snapped photos.
Their differing personalities were on full display, with Robinson sporting a large orange Cowboy hat and Leveni a more subtle 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.”