TALLAHASSEE — Move over, EJ Manuel. Another E.J. may be soon coming to your locker room.
It took less than five minutes Tuesday afternoon for Virginia prep star E.J. Levenberry, a prized four-star linebacker who held offers from some of the nation's best schools, to announce that he was committing to Florida State.
During a news conference at his high school, Hylton High in Woodbridge, Va., Levenberry made his decision. It is, of course, an unofficial decision for now. He has until next February's National Signing Day to determine whether he wants to stay committed to the Seminoles or de-commit and move on elsewhere.
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Levenberry becomes the ninth FSU commit this recruiting cycle. A 6-foot-2, 227-pound inside linebacker, he becomes the third linebacker to commit to the Seminoles. He joins Orlando Evans High linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins as one of those hoping to play the position as part of the 2013 class.
Like Levenberry, Manuel, FSU's current fifth-year senior quarterback, also hails from Virginia. Manuel will be leaving FSU after this season, hoping for a chance at the NFL Draft.
As he spoke to reporters and supporters at his school, Levenberry was greeted by a marching band. According to the Washington Post's Preston Williams, who was at the school, the table in front of Levenberry had three hats on it. One for FSU, one for Michigan and one for Oklahoma. For the last few weeks, it appeared Levenberry's decision was coming down to only Michigan and FSU.
After thanking mentor and former Penn State and NFL defensive end/linebacker Lavar Arrington, Levenberry thanked the coaches at the three schools, Williams tweeted. When his decision was announced, FSU's fight song played throughout the room.