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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
E.J. Levenberry has a temporary top 3

By Dave Hooker

E.J. Levenberry has a trio of schools to focus on and two schools that have fallen by the wayside.

The ESPN 150 Watch List linebacker from Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton's father, E.J. Levenberry Sr., said his son has a tentative top trio: Florida, Florida State and Michigan.

“Those are the three schools he's focusing on right now but things change,” Levenberry Sr. said.

The newly established trio means Levenberry has cooled on two formerly strong suitors for his services: Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Oklahoma's drop makes sense since Levenberry's former recruiter in Norman, defensive coordinator Brent Venables, left to take the same position at Clemson. Levenberry Sr. said the family has no interest in the Tigers.

As for Tennessee, its sudden absence is a bit more puzzling. The Vols were long thought to be in solid position but Levenberry Sr. said the family hasn't heard from the newly-configured coaching staff.

“He really liked Tennessee, the school and the fans,” Levenberry Sr. said of his son. “We haven't had a game day experience like that...It's going to be hard pressed to beat the fans at Tennessee...That's when they were losing. Imagine them if they were winning.”