The Michigan football staff had a chance to show E.J. Levenberry just how they get after it on the…
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Since day one in the recruiting process, four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry's criteria remained consistent: 1. Academics; 2. The opportunity to compete for a conference or national championship every year. His final five: Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC and Alabama fit that criteria, but as he spent time on the road visiting FSU and Michigan these past few weeks, he came to the realization that distance also is a factor. "When we were coming home from Michigan," said Mr.Levenberry (E.J.'s father), "he said he didn't want to go far away, so that knocked off the west coast, Oklahoma and Alabama." So, it's down to Florida State and Michigan, the two programs he recently visited. "Both of them have showed us how they plan to use EJ," said pop. "One of the biggest pluses for Michigan is coach Mattison showed EJ that there are plays he wants to run but he needs a linebacker like EJ who can do it, like what Terrell Suggs does." "Brady Hoke is building something special at Michigan. The coaching staff there is like regular people. It's a family place, and that stood out to us. Put it this way, we were at the spring game and 400 or more guys who used to play for the school came back to the game. That speaks volumes as to what that program means to people." The word on the street is that Michigan is the front-runner because of the above reasons, but according to pop, Michigan and FSU are "dead even-no one is out in front right now," he answered. Now the Levenberrys didn't attend a spring game at FSU, but are impressed with the level of talent Coach Fisher is bringing in. "Their recruiting class these past couple years is top notch. They also have one of the top criminal justice programs in the country. EJ wants to focus on computer forensics, and they have the top program there.""One of the big things FSU has going for them is that their front four are the top five players in the country. EJ basically wouldn't get touched with that defensive line in front of him at FSU. That is what they showed us on film, where Mattison shows us at Michigan that he will move EJ around and you will never know where he is and he will play all three downs." Both FSU and Michigan feel strongly about CD Hylton, Virginia linebacker. "They both said he is the best linebacker in the class. That is something." This decision is not an easy one, but the family considers their situation to be a blessing. "We are just so blessed he has the chance to get a scholarship to play college football, that is rare in itself." Fresh off a trip to Ann Arbor, it's digesting time for the Levenberrys."We need to just soak in everything and take time to think about it all before we make a decision." No time table has been set at this time. For the latest on this four-star, keep it here on FOX Sports NEXT.
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