Linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) was down to Michigan and Florida State for his final decision. The talented linebacker was originally going to wait to make his decision, but decided that he had seen enough and held a press conference on Tuesday to announce his choice.
He ultimately chose Florida State over the Wolverines in what seemed to be a tight race to the end. There were certain aspects that Levenberry liked about both schools, but he chose to go south to play for the Seminoles.
While losing out on a four-star linebacker is never a good thing, it isn't the end of the world for Michigan. If the Wolverines would have landed Levenberry it would have been icing on the cake for the defense. The coaching staff already signed four linebackers in the 2012 class, and has two linebackers committed in 2013 ranked as four-stars with Mike McCray (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Ben Gedeon (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson).
Having six talented linebackers over the past two classes is more than plenty for depth, especially given the fact Michigan has soon to be sophomores Jake Ryan and Desmond Morgan. Both still have three years of eligibility, combined with the six linebackers Michigan already has committed and it isn't a huge hit to the defense.
That isn't to say that Levenberry wasn't wanted, because he was. He would have been a boost to the defensive recruiting, and most certainly would have been one of the more exciting gets for Michigan. The coaching staff just happens to have put themselves in a favorable position by landing top prospects across the board, which makes this decision easier to swallow.