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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Programs still chasing FSU commit

By William Wilkerson

SAN ANTONIO -- Florida State inside linebacker commit E.J. Levenberry Jr. (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) said he is sold on the Seminoles, but that hasn’t stopped programs from trying to change his mind.

“Tennessee and Michigan are on me hard,” he said. “USC coaches are interested as well.”

Michigan and Oklahoma were the other two finalists when he committed to Florida State on April 24. So it’s not a surprise that the Wolverines aren’t waving the white flag just yet.

“They are a great program and have great people around their program,” he said. “That’s what they are selling me on. It’s a good place for a guy like me to be.”

Levenberry (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) is rated as the No. 12 ILB and No. 291 player overall in the ESPN 300.

He was a prime target for the Volunteers until linebacker coach Lance Thompson left Knoxville to join Alabama’s coaching staff.

The fact that he’s solid with FSU but still has schools coming after him is an indescribable feeling for him.

“I just take it as a blessing,” Levenberry said. “That’s their job to keep recruiting me. I am blessed and honored to have any school come over and talk to me. It’s a long process and signing day is a long way away but I am committed to Florida State.”

He’s sold on FSU, sure, but he is keeping his options open to the schools still in pursuit and isn’t even ruling out the possibility of taking another official visit.

Levenberry has been one of the better linebackers for the East this week. He intercepted Stanford commitment Ryan Burns during 7-on-7 play.