CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 24: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher watches on against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
E.J. Levenberry commits to the Florida State Seminoles. The Virginia linebacker is one of the top recruits in the country.
E.J. Levenberry, one of the top inside linebacker recruits in the country, committed to the Florida State Seminoles Tuesday during a ceremony at Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton High School, where he transferred after playing for two years at Dematha Catholic in DC. Levenberry holds offers from all over the country, but ultimately chose the Seminoles over the Michigan Wolverines. He is a consensus four-star recruit.
Levenberry has ideal size for an inside linebacker recruit at 6'3" and 227 pounds. Curiously, some services rate him as an outside linebacker. Regardless, every service rates him as one of the top 20 linebackers nationally.
I do feel that Levenberry is a bit overrated by some, however, because he has been a known commodity since his freshman season. There is a strong tendency to rate a kid highly when he has been a good player for a long time, and perhaps a tendency to disregard whether a player is not continuing to improve at a steady clip. That said, he is still a very good recruit.
Levenberry has the power to take on blocks a the college level, and when he knows where he is going, he is able to close quite fast. I don't see special reactions from Levenberry, however, of mind or foot. And that is a bit of a concern. I'm not saying that Levenberry is too tight or stiff to play the position, but those hyping him to be the next superstar inside linebacker are missing the mark in my estimation. He is not the next Rolando McClain or Patrick Willis.
Levenberry can be a very good run-stopping piece in an excellent defense, and he should be able to control his area, provided the designated area is of limited yardage.
Levenberry is Florida State's ninth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. The Seminoles are projected to take as many as 30 players:
SKILL Tony Stevens (WR)
OFFENSIVE LINE Austin Golson (Tackle)
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DEFENSIVE LINE Maquedius Bain (Tackle)
DEFENSIVE LINE Deadrin Senat (Tackle)
LINEBACKER Ro'Derrick Hoskins
LINEBACKER Tyrell Lyons
LINEBACKER E.J. Levenberry
DEFENSIVE BACK Sojourn Shelton (Cornerback)
DEFENSIVE BACK Michael Johnson
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