OSU football recruiting: Late commitment Vili Leveni will help fill one of Cowboys' biggest needs — defensive end

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 5, 2013
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Vili Leveni admits now he had reservations about his early commitment to Utah.

Oklahoma State took advantage, flipping the three-star defensive end from Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell in the final weekend before Signing Day.

Leveni told Rivals his recent visit to Stillwater was the deciding factor.

He got to talk more with recently promoted defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, whom he already had a close relationship with. And he got to know new defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements.

“I just loved it on my visit,” Leveni told Rivals. “Everything was nice. The town was not too big or too small. The players were really cool and easy to get along with and had a cool family environment around them and stuff. That's what I liked the most.

“So then I came back home and thought about it and had a home visit with Coach Spencer and decided that OSU was the place for me.”

Leveni's pledge helps fill one of OSU's biggest recruiting needs, especially after John Tyler (Texas) end Tyus Bowser committed and decommitted within a five-day span to focus on basketball. The Cowboys lose three key defensive ends from the 2012 season in Nigel Nicholas, Ryan Robinson and Cooper Bassett.

At OSU, Leveni will join high school teammate Jesse Robinson, a three-star offensive lineman.