At the end of last year at the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, a former high school quarterback turned wide receiver in Sema’J Hayes opened some eyes when he reeled in an outstanding grab that put him on Randy Moss’ “You Got Mossed” segment on ESPN. Lake Arthur High School QB/WR Ray Levi may be the 2023 version of Sema’J Hayes.
At 6’3, 195 pounds, Levi is an incredible athlete with 4.6/40 speed that can play multiple positions. For the Lake Arthur Tigers, Levi has especially helped the team under center as the team’s starting quarterback. Although projected to play at a different position in college, Levi has shown to be a really good high school quarterback earning 1st Team All-Parish and 1st Team All-District honors the last three years. He takes a lot from a former NFL MVP to help him at the quarterback position.
“Lamar Jackson is my favorite football player because he reminds me of myself. Shifty, get out the pocket and go, and can scramble.”
It is not only the physical measurables that help him to be a great football player, but it is also the little things that stick out about this athletic specimen.
“The biggest strengths to my game are being dedicated, loyal, and hardworking.”‘
Those traits are exemplified on the football field as Levi’s unselfishness to do what’s better for the team and not necessarily himself is what makes him stand out, especially when he has to play multiple positions for his team.
“Playing multiple positions shows me that I’m capable of doing anything I put my mind to and putting in work to improve that and to be better at all those positions.”
Entering his senior season, Levi really wants to make his mark for the Tigers by hopefully leading them to some great success in 2023.
“My goals for my senior year is to be the leader of the team and have at least a 8-2 winning season and make it to at least to the third round of the playoffs.”
Levi has worked hard in the offseason as he tries to improve on certain aspects of his game, especially at quarterback.
“I want to work on vision in the passing game as well as trusting my receivers and trusting my offensive line.”
Levi has used this offseason to not only better his craft as a quarterback, but as an athlete in general. With his size, frame, basketball background, and ability to go up and make plays in the air, Levi went to the Gridiron Football Elite Camp at St. Edmund High School in Eunice, Louisiana to get some looks at wide receiver as that is the position that more naturally suits him.
As mentioned earlier, Levi showed what he is capable of at the position as he made a leaping grab over two defenders at the camp and ran a fast 4.71/40 for a guy his size. Through the Gridiron Football Spring Camp Elite Series, Levi was ranked as the number four performer overall. The Lake Arthur multi-sport athlete was proud of his performance in Eunice two months ago.
“I’m proud of myself for going to the camp and doing great things and showing off my talent for Gridiron Football and putting in the work with all the campers there. The camp at St. Edmund was a success for me. I had a lot of fun and yes, I got the most of my experience at the camp. They worked me really hard and pushed me as hard as they could.”
With his performance at the camp, Levi was invited to play in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game at the end of the December. The four year starter is excited for the opportunity to showcase his talent against some of the best talent around the country.
“Being invited to the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game is a good statement for me, and it’s going to put me out there more.”
In terms of college attention, Levi’s name is still flying under the radar, but he has received attention from two universities.
“The recruiting process has been good for me, and I have two colleges showing interest in University of Louisiana and Mississippi State.”
Although he is known for being a great athlete, Levi likes to spend his time being an outdoorsman.
“I’m a country boy. I like to ride horses and fish.”
When not catching fish, Ray Levi is at his best when he is catching footballs and throwing them out on the gridiron. Once again with the combination of an athletic frame, versatility, and a humble, hard working attitude, he is definitely somebody that should be on a college’s radar.
“I have a lot of love for the sport. I’m a competitive player. I work hard to be better and better. I work hard on and off the field. I’m a hard working athlete. You can tell me to do something and it’s done how you want it.”