LUCASVILLE — Valley senior Levi Williams hopes to transition seemlessly from high school life in Lucasville to college life at Thomas More University — an NAIA Division I university located in Crestview Hills, Ky. — mainly because of coach Trevor Stellman’s Saints’ coaching staff.
“The coaching staff had a lot to do when deciding where to go,” Williams said at his signing ceremony, Tuesday. “This staff just really made Thomas More feel like it was already home.”
After playing four years of football as an Indian under coach Darren Crabtree, Williams — the 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive and defensive tackle — must now trade in his purple and gold for the blue and white of the Saints, an opportunity that Williams says, “Means the world to me to be able to find such a good school to further my education and also have the opportunity to further my athletic career as well.”
Williams plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in physics while enrolled at Thomas More with plans to one day pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
In addition to being a four-year football player at Valley — including earning all-SOC second team honors his senior season — Williams has also been a three-year track athlete and a two-year basketball player as an Indian.
“Meant everything to me because it showed me that small communities are really just big families,” Williams said on having his friends, family, and teammates at Tuesday’s signing ceremony. “They have had my back for the past four years and that is more than I could ever ask out of this town. I hope to see some familiar faces in the stands for years to come.”
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