January 17, 2012

Wolverines cleared Levenberry's concerns

Michigan has offered just a few linebackers in the 2013 class, and Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton product E.J. Levenberry was among the first. Shortly after the offer came through, however, the 6-3, 226-pound product's father was almost ready to write off Michigan.

Michigan's coaching staff has shown that they are serious about landing Levenberry. They're not alone in that regard, and the youngster already holds Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech offers, among many others. The Wolverines' renewed effort earned them an unofficial visit over the weekend (the Levenberrys also stopped at Ohio State on the weekend tour), and they're back in the mix for Levenberry.

Michigan's 2012 recruiting class is heavily focused in the Midwest. 17 of Michigan's 24 commitments in the senior class hail from Ohio and Michigan, and both junior commitments come from those states as well. Initially, the Levenberrys were concerned that Brady Hoke's coaching staff concerned itself too much with the Midwest, and would give preferential treatment to players from the region. However, a talk with Michigan's coaches over the weekend alleviated those concerns.

The visit to Ann Arbor went so well, in fact, that Michigan is back in serious contention for Levenberry. Ohio State also made a jump on his list, and both schools make an appearance his top eight list of favorites.

Signing Day 2013 is more than a year off, but Michigan has improved their standing with the talented linebacker. Time will tell if the Wolverines' renewed effort will pay off in an official visit - and ultimately a commitment.

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