The senior quarterback previously led the Lions to a state championship.
There was no one better.
West Linn senior quarterback Sam Leavitt proved it in spades in 2022, leading the Lions to the Class 6A state championship, being named first team all-state, and now, selected as the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year.
“It feels great,” Leavitt told Spartans Illustrated about the honor. “Before the season, it was one of my biggest goals.”
Whatever Leavitt’s list of goals looked like for the 2022 fall season, he must have reached them all. Over the course of the fall season, Leavitt led the Lions to a 12-1 overall record, a Three Rivers League championship, and later, the 6A title in a 23-14 win over Sheldon.
“It’s special. It’s special,” Leavitt said after completing 13 of 21 throws for 131 yards, and also rushing 20 times for 171 yards and one touchdown to help beat Sheldon. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I couldn’t even tell you when, second grade.”
During his senior season, Leavitt completed 165 of 231 passes for 2,701 yards, with 34 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Leavitt, a four-star recruit who played his high school football at Westview High School, Pleasant Grove High School in Utah, and finally, at West Linn, also made his college choice a dramatic one in ‘22.
A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Leavitt de-committed from Washington State on Wednesday, Dec. 14, re-opened his recruitment, then announced on Dec. 15 that he had accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Michigan State. Leavitt wrote on his Twitter account: “East Lansing 📍 Go Green!! 🤍💚 #Committed”