One glance at the athletic résumé of ATH Levi Copelin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) makes it easy to understand why he is listed as an athlete.
As a football player, Copelin plays offense, defense and special teams. During the offseason, he’s a standout track and field athlete, participating in the hurdles and sprints.
Copelin recently decided to continue his football career in college, verbally committing to play for Houston. A 6-foot-2, 180-pounder with sprinter’s speed, Copelin chose the Cougars over an offer from Louisiana-Monroe and heavy interest from Wyoming, Utah State, Tulsa and Iowa State.
“I went there for a summer camp, and I remember all the love I got there,” Copelin said. “I loved the atmosphere, and I loved Houston in general. I think I have a good chance for getting playing time early and becoming an impact player.”
All verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day Copelin can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
Copelin, who has run the 40 in 4.38 seconds, is expecting to play either cornerback or safety in college. As a two-way star for Broken Arrow, Copelin has 17 receptions for 350 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver and three interceptions as a defensive back. Copelin also has scored on special teams as a kick returner.
Copelin’s superior athleticism shows when he is on the track. In addition to having a 36-inch vertical, Copelin also has excelled in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. He placed second in the 110 hurdles at the Oklahoma Class 6A state meet last spring. In addition, Copelin is a member of Broken Arrow’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital’s connection is strong with Houston, as his son, Zac, is a defensive backs coach for the Cougars. Zac was pivotal in recruiting Copelin.“
I felt like I made the right decision,” Copelin said. “They [Houston] really kept in contact with me. Every time we talked, they’d ask about my dad and family. They say I’ll play DB, but I’ll play wherever. I’ll be on the kickoff team, punt team ... anything I can do just to get on the field.”