Finalists fighting for E.J. Levenberry


Florida State fans couldn't have been too pleased with E.J. Levenberry's decision to visit Oklahoma this weekend. Why? Because the Sooners have refused to let up on the ESPN 300 linebacker from Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton.

For now, Oklahoma is the main competition for Levenberry, who committed to the Seminoles in April. Here is a breakdown of the schools still chasing the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect:

Florida State: Clearly, with his early commitment, the Seminoles are the leader for Levenberry. There's plenty to like, but Levenberry has strong connections to other coaching staffs, too. That could ultimately be Florida State's undoing.

Oklahoma: Credit the Sooners for never giving up on Levenberry. While other schools, namely Michigan, have moved on, Oklahoma has kept itself in the hunt by aggressively pursuing the nation's 12th-best linebacker. Levenberry's official visit this weekend to Norman is proof of that. Moreover, Oklahoma needs immediate help at linebacker. That certainly has an appeal.

Tennessee: Sure, it seems like a long shot as the Volunteers struggle this season amidst rumors of a potential coaching change. However, Levenberry always has held Tennessee in high regard. Assistant coaching changes in the offseason caused the Vols and Levenberry to disconnect. However, if Tennessee does make a coaching change that suits Levenberry, Tennessee will be right back in the mix.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide are trying to reassert themselves in the chase for Levenberry by soon paying him a visit. Tide linebackers coach Lance Thompson recruited Levenberry while at Tennessee. An ace recruiter, Thompson won't give up the fight easily.