- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
It ended where it all began.
Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. committed to Florida State on Tuesday, months after he spoke so highly of his first official visit there. He chose the Seminoles over Michigan and Oklahoma.
Levenberry was very fond of Michigan but the school did not offer the computer forensics major like Florida State, which Levenberry said is one of the top such programs in the nation.
Levenberry had other reasons as well.
“The recruiting class was top notch,” said Levenberry, who specifically said the defensive linemen signees in February and in the 2013 class will help keep offensive linemen off of him. “I like the high-level talent that they have on defense.”
Relationships also played a factor in the decision. Levenberry said he is close friends with two other nearby Florida State signees: athlete Ron Darby from Oxon Hills (Md.) Potomac and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman from Washington (D.C.) Friendship. Both signed with the Seminoles in February.
Levenberry said he loved Michigan and Oklahoma. Passing the news to the Wolverines was especially difficult. He said he called Michigan head coach Brady Hoke to inform him of the bad news just 10 minutes before the announcement. The Levenberry family had expressed a tremendous amount of admiration for Hoke throughout the recruiting process.
Levenberry had several scholarship offers. Other than his three finalist, he expressed the most interest in Alabama and Tennessee. The Crimson Tide, however, came in late in the recruiting process. Tennessee backed off of him after its coaching changes in January.
It ended where it all began.Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. committed to Florida State on Tuesday, months after he spoke so highly of his first official visit there.