Before Nebraska (Crete HS)
One of the top all-around athletes in the state of Nebraska, John Levorson comes to Nebraska after leading Crete High School to back-to-back Class B state championships. Levorson starred at quarterback for the Cardinals, providing Coach Chuck McGinnis with a run-pass threat. Levorson is expected to begin his Husker career in the defensive backfield, but has the athleticism to line up at multiple positions.
In his senior season, Levorson rushed for 1,158 yards and averaged better than 10 yards per attempt. Through the air, he connected on 55 percent of his passes, while racking up 92 tackles and six interceptions on defense. Levorson’s play during the 2007 season earned him recognition as an honorary captain of both the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super-State team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska squad. Levorson also led Crete to the state title in 2006, when he passed for 1,316 yards, ran for another 734 yards and made 34 tackles on defense.
His play as a junior also earned Levorson first-team All-Nebraska honors as a defensive back and first-team Class B all-state accolades as a quarterback. Levorson was ranked among the top 100 athlete recruits in the nation, and was listed by Rivals.com as the No. 6 in-state prospect and No. 5 by Scout.com.
Levorson’s talents do not end on the football field. He was a standout for the Crete basketball team, averaging 18 points per game while leading the Cardinals to a top-10 final ranking. He averaged 16 points as a junior and was a first-team Class B all-state pick each of the last two years, and a second-team All-Nebraska pick by the World-Herald in 2008.
On the track, Levorson was part of a state championship 1,600-meter relay team and a state runner-up 400-meter relay squad. Levorson also was a district champion in the high jump, clearing 6-7 1/4, and the 400-meter relay. Levorson was strong in the classroom as well, earning a 4.0 grade-point average. Levorson received scholarship offers from Wyoming and Ohio before committing to the Huskers last June.
Levorson is the son of David and Laurie Levorson and was born on May 24, 1989.