Pop's Perspective: EJ Levenberry

The father of four-star outside linebacker EJ Levenberry takes us through his son's recruiting process from his freshman year to now.

From day one of high school, this 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker has had a target on his back.

"He was the fourth freshman to start at DeMatha," said Mr. Levenberry regarding his son E.J. Levenberry Jr.

EJ soon found his name on college football coaches' recruiting boards, pulling in early interest from Alabama and Florida, just to name a few. EJ, who is now at CD Hylton in Woodbridge, Va, has just about every school vying for his services.

"He is blessed to be in this position," said his father. "He is very fortunate to play for any conference and possible championship-bound teams."

Mr. Levenberry, a former Division II athlete, plays an integral part in in EJ's football career.

"I didn't have anyone to help me when I had to make decisions or guide me, so I am happy to be here to help guide him."

The recruiting process certainly calls for a lot of guidance when weighing a laundry list of options and evaluating programs that can change coaching staffs as fast as a pit crew can change a tire.

"A lot of people say you look at a school for a school, but you have to look at the coach and the school. He got a couple monkey wrenches thrown his way with Oklahoma and Tennessee with their defensive coordinators leaving. Once they left, it threw a wrench in the way."

The new big dogs leading the pack are Florida, Michigan and Florida State. But there is no rush in this race. Just recently USC offered the four-star.

"The process is far from over for EJ. This is very fluid. It changes constantly, and we need to gather all the facts. So we are going to wait. He wont make an announcement until after the coaching carrousel next year."

Florida was one of the first schools to show interest and they haven't backed down while the Seminoles have welcomed both father and son on campus three times already.

"What sold me on FSU was my third visit there when we talked to people who were not even involved in the program and the great things they had to say."

Coach Brady Hoke and company appear to be leaving a good impression on the Levenberry's as well, a more recent school to jump into the fray.

"EJ really likes the Michigan coaching staff. This is a tough decision. He really likes their staff and he likes having the opportunity to play in 'The Big House,' and that Michigan degree, wow. When you talk about life after football, ya know, that stands out."

"They send a personal hand written note everyday and are really taking the time to show EJ how important he is to them each and everyday and he in turn is already building a relationship with the coaches there."

EJ plans on attending Michigan's spring game. This is his only set visit during the off-season at this time. But what about the backyard teams -- Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech?

"The only local team that may have a shot is Virginia. I have not heard one negative about coach Mike London. He is a class act guy."

With an offer list that is continually growing and unknown changes that lie ahead, for now, EJ has hit the pause button on his recruiting and is focused on academics. According to pop, his goal is to break that 3.2 grade point average. We wish him the best of luck. For the latest on Levenberry's recruitment, keep it logged on to FOX Sports NEXT.


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