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Wilson inks scholarship with Union
Player to continue football career
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Levi Wilson, seated center, a senior at Dawson County High School, signs a football scholarship with Union College in Barbourville, Ky., on April 20. Pictured with him are his parents, Gary and Karen Wilson, seated, Dawson County High School Head Football Coach Jeff Lee, top left, and his brother, Chase Wilson. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Levi Wilson signed an athletic scholarship last week to play football at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. Wilson was a standout wide receiver on Head Coach Jeff Lee’s Dawson County High School football team the last four years.


Union is an NAIA school that plays in the Mid-South Conference.


Last year the Bulldogs finished 7-4 under Head Coach Tommy Reid. Reid has been head coach at the college for the past 10 years.


The Bulldogs play in the Western Division of the Mid-South Conference with the likes of Shorter, University of the Cumberlands, Cumberland University, Faulkner, Belhaven and Bethel.


“It is the right fit for Levi. Levi will probably play one of the inside receivers in Union’s spread offense. He will learn for a couple of years and step right in,” Lee said.


“This is a situation where a player dedicates himself to getting better. All the hard work has paid off for Levi and he will get a chance to play at the next level,” he added.


Lee has had several of his players sign college scholarships while at Dawson County High School. Most recently Zach Johnson signed at Troy University in Alabama.


Wilson said he looks forward to attending Union.


“The atmosphere at the school really impressed me. I want to major in physical therapy and the school offers that program. The school is a right fit for me and I’m looking forward to going,” Wilson said.


“The head coach talked about what position I was going to play, probably a slot receiver. My parents and I went to the spring game up there and they rotate a lot of receivers, so maybe I can get a chance,” he said.


“This is a great opportunity for Levi,” said Gary Wilson, Levi’s father. “Of all the kids that play high school football, only a handful get a chance at the next level in college. Union is where he wanted to go and it was totally his decision to go there. His mother and I are really proud of him.”