My policy is to always cooperate with a prospect on that because it is their time, their moment. However, in this day and time it is tough to keep surprises as Leveni found out.
The Utah coaches were in his home on Saturday night to make a last ditch effort to change his mind. Leveni said it was a good visit, but that he was staying with Oklahoma State. This morning we received a message from the reporter from InsidetheUte.scom, the Utah site for Scout.com, saying that Leveni had told the Ute coaches he was going to OSU.
So much for the secret, and just a few minutes ago Leveni sent us a text and said let the word out.
Vili Leveni is heading to Oklahoma State.
"Yes, the coaches at Utah and Utah State know and it's out," said Leveni. "That's okay because I'm relieved and glad that recruiting is over, and I'm very good with my decision.
"It came down to my relationship with Coach Spencer. He told me and my mom he would take care of me, and she wanted to know that I would be taken care of for the next four to five years. They have great facilities but it really came down to Coach Spencer."
Leveni, who had 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks this season earned a lot of honors, including being named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team.
"I know a lot about having to fight through double teams and our defense has a lot in common with what they do at Oklahoma State in playing unselfish and taking up blocks to allow the linebackers to be clean and unblocked," explained Leveni. "I learned a lot of technique that will help at the college level."
Leveni said he will sign in a ceremony on Wednesday that will include teammate Jesse Robinson from L.D. Bell at around 7:30 a.m.
He is now a little over 6-4 and weighing in at 260 pounds.
"I was skinny, around 220 pounds last summer, but then I got on a weight program and began lifting all the time and eating the right foods," added Leveni. "I really like to eat breakfast. I like French toast. That would be my favorite food."
Like he said, Leveni is happy to have made his decision, and relieved the process is now completed. He was actively recruited by a number of schools including Utah State, Utah, Boise State, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State.