- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
One of the most notable official visitors this weekend for the Sooners is ESPN 300 linebacker and Florida State commit E.J. Levenberry Jr. (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton).
Levenberry committed to the Seminoles in the spring and was one of OU’s first offers for the 2013 class. He was a favorite of former defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
After Venables departed for Clemson, there was a brief period where OU and Levenberry lost touch. But Bob Stoops stepped in and Tim Kish has carried the day since and things couldn’t be better between the family and the Sooners.
“The communication is great,” said E.J. Levenberry Sr., E.J.’s father. “We talk at least once a week and everything is fine.”
This will mark Levenberry’s third visit to OU, but the first one for a game weekend. Levenberry Sr. has no problems with OU and doesn’t need another trip. But when the family is serious about a school, the mother is coming. E.J.’s mother is making the trip to Norman this weekend.
“She went to FSU with him and got a good feel of everything,” Levenberry Sr. said. “Now she’s going to do the same thing at OU. We want a place where he is going to be comfortable and know that’s where he wants to be.”
And OU has made it clear that Norman is where it wants Levenberry to be. Levenberry Sr. said only two schools have sent written offers to the family, FSU and OU.
Right now it’s a two-horse race, but Alabama is lurking in the distance.
“We’ve heard that Alabama and Nick Saban are going to try to make it up here and talk with us in December after E.J.’s season is over,” Levenberry Sr. said. “That’s all we know at this point, and you know things can change so fast.”
Stability is one thing the family is searching for, too. With Bob Stoops, they feel they have found that stability. There aren’t nearly as many questions about whether Stoops will still be at OU as there are with some other coaches.
Being in the Big 12 isn’t hurting OU, either.
“We like that it’s the Big 12,” Levenberry Sr. said. “The NFL is now a passing league. The Big 12 is a passing league, and it’s going to show how E.J. can play both the run and pass. It’s going to bring out the best in him.”
The plan was for an early commitment. The logic was the schools that were real serious about Levenberry would still come anyway. In that aspect, everything has turned out exactly the way the family thought it would.
“There are no questions about his grades or his ACT scores. He’s in. He’s qualified,” Levenberry Sr. said. “We knew the serious schools would stick around, and they have. And OU is definitely one of them.”
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