Hershey senior Levi Wilson accepted a preferred walk-on scholarship to play football at Chadron State University. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday.
He played football for the Panthers since the seventh grade and started at quarterback his senior year.
Wilson has been interested in Chadron since his freshman year.
“Ever since we went up there to summer football camp. It has always been something I looked forward to and I liked the coaches up there,” he said.
Wilson said the coaching staff was always open and made him feel comfortable.
“They think about you as an individual as well as a player, so when they contacted me and asked if I would like to look at them as a place to play football, it was an easy yes for me,” he said.
The offer gives him an opportunity that he doesn’t want to miss.
“As a preferred walk-on I will make the team but will have to work my hardest to try and earn a scholarship,” Wilson said.
It won’t be an easy task but Wilson said he’s used to pushing himself.
“It has been like this my whole career, having to push myself to get where I am,” he said. “It will not be anything new. I will just have to keep working as hard as I can, gain weight and play well in spring ball.”
Wilson credits his dad, mom and stepmom for their help and guidance.
“As a family, they have always pushed me to try my hardest at anything I do, whether it be sports or academics. They taught me to give 100 % and to do everything to the best of my ability,” Wilson said.
He also thanked his football coach Ryan Smith.
“Coach Smith definitely made me the player I am today, always pushing me to improve. It was hard because I am not the most athletic kid, but he believed in me and pushed me to be the best I can be,” Wilson said.
Smith, a Chadron State alumnus, was excited that another one of his players chose the school.
“They have the tradition of saying if a player wants a chance and will put in the work, they will take you,” Smith said.
“Levi may not yet know what he is in for, how big and fast the players are, but he will soon find out. And this is what he wants to do, so it is very exciting.”
Levi is the son of B.J. Wilson and Sarah Kepler and lives in rural Hershey with his dad, stepmom Jessica Wilson and his brother Carson.
Wilson will major in rangeland livestock management.