NoleDigest Take: LB E.J. Levenberry

Florida State landed verbal commitment No. 9 on Tuesday afternoon when E.J. Levenberry made his college selection. The 6-3 linebacker fills a primary need for the 'Noles. Geoff Vogt breaks it down.

E.J. Levenberry

About the player

6-3, 220 pounds

Offers from FSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, LSU, USC

One of the most coveted linebackers in the country, Levenberry collected more than a few of the "major offers" out there. He is considered a four-star prospect and the No. 7 outside linebacker in the country by

Levenberry was very proactive in his recruitment, visiting the serious contenders multiple times. There was always high interest in the 'Noles, but several programs -- mainly Michigan -- made a run at him down the stretch.

A visit to Tallahassee for the UF-FSU game in November of 2010 may have been huge at the end of the day. Levenberry said this about his trip to see that game:

"The coaches, the atmosphere down there, is just incredible... The game atmosphere was indescribable."

Since the visit, Levenberry has developed a close relationship with both defensive line coach Odell Haggins and linebackers coach Greg Hudson.

"They really let me know they want me," said Levenberry.

How he fits at FSU

There is no question that linebacker is a major need for 2013 at Florida State. The Seminoles landed just two 2012 'backers in Markuss Eligwe and Reggie Northrup and have only one from 2011 (Terrance Smith).

Levenberry joins Tyrell Lyons and Rodderick Hoskins as linebackers for the 2013 cycle. It should be mentioned that Lyons is a potential safety, while Hoskins could be a tight end.

It appears as if Levenberry could line up inside or outside and looks to be a quality coverage defender due to his athleticism.

Bottom line

Florida State landed a major target Tuesday, and Levenberry's commitment goes a long way to shoring up the need at linebacker.

We do not think that FSU is done recruiting the linebacker position. We expect at least one more and perhaps two to join this group before February 2013.


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