No Time Off for Levon Barnett

It’s all work, no play for SAC Sidelines defensive player of the year


Mt. SAC Football Defensive Back Levon Barnett poses with head coach Bob Jastrab, defensive coordinator Isaac Carter, and quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Cameron Deen during early signing period on December 18, 2019. Photo by Andrew Talavera/SAC.Media

After a journey from West Palm Beach, Florida to Oakland, California, then down south to Walnut, with a stop in West Texas, one would think that Levon Barnett would take some time to relax. However, there are no days off for Barnett and if you were to follow him on social media you would see that “no days off” isn’t just a cliche for Barnett. Football is what drives him to get out of bed every morning. 

Football has allowed Barnett to travel across the country and he has had his share of teammates, some of which he says have become lifelong friends.

Mt. SAC football players posing after a game with Jontavis Walker. Left to right: Linebacker Emanuel Rocque, defensive back Levon Barnett, defensive back Jontavis Walker, defensive back Anthony Roach, tight end Jamil Weaver. Photo provided by Jontavis Walker.

 Barnett has also seen his fair share of football while playing safety at the collegiate level. After leaving Florida A & M University where he attended college after high school, Barnett enrolled at Laney College where he won a state championship. He then transferred to Mt. SAC where he became a leader of the team’s defensive unit and was named SAC SIDELINES Defensive Player of the Year.

Barnett is now playing at the University of Texas Permian Basin and has goals to some day play in the NFL. His favorite NFL safeties are Ed Reed and Sean Taylor. On game days you can catch him vibing to artists like NoCap, Rod Wave, Lil Baby, and NBA YoungBoy. 

Watch our exclusive one on one Zoom interview with Barnett as he details his personal experiences with football and his time at Mt.SAC. Here is a link to a YouTube clip of Barnett on an NBC news broadcast after he returned an interception 94-yards for a touchdown.