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September 2012

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MICHIGAN RECRUITING enberry Jr. committed to Florida State over Michigan and Oklahoma April 24, it seemed like the 6-3, 225-pounder's recruitment by the Wolverines had come to an end. However, after what the Leven- Elite Linebacker Remains Interested In U-M W hen Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton linebacker E.J. Lev- berry family saw as poor treatment from the Seminoles' coaching staff, they decided it was in E.J.'s best in- terest to re-explore his options. He planned to visit Ann Arbor Oct. 19, for Michigan's game against Michi- gan State. "Right now, I have to say my son in the class, joining four-star Ohio- ans Mike McCray and Ben Gedeon, only if it was Levenberry — no lon- ger had room at the inn, even for a player as talented as the No. 21 overall prospect in the country ac- cording to "Michigan just informed me that made the right decision in choosing Jimbo [Fisher] and FSU, but that Michigan degree and Greg Matti- son's relationship with my son are hard to resist," said Levenberry's father, Eric. The status for Levenberry changed in a hurry once again after he informed the Michigan coaches of the intention to visit. The Wol- verines — who had originally planned to accept a third linebacker Taco Charlton Gareon Conley David Dawson Ross Douglas Jaron Dukes Chris Fox Kyle Bosch Jake Butt Maurice Hurst Jr. Patrick Kugler Jourdan Lewis Mike McCray Shane Morris Henry Poggi Ben Gedeon Khalid Hill Channing Stribling DB 6-2 170 Matthews, N.C. (Butler) Scott Sypniewski Dymonte Thomas Wyatt Shallman Deveon Smith Logan Tuley-Thomas OL Csont'e York WR 6-3 185 DB 6-1 175 Alliance, Ohio (Marlington) 6-7 280 OL 6-1 230 Ottawa, Ill. (Marquette) Peoria, Ill. (Manual) 70 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2012 ATH 6-2 165 Massillon, Ohio (Washington) 6-5 305 Detroit (Cass Tech) OL TE DE WR 6-4 197 Columbus, Ohio (Marion Franklin) OL LB TE DT OL DB 5-10 180 Avon, Ohio (Avon) 6-6 297 OL 6-3 215 6-2 230 Detroit (Crockett) ATH 6-3 255 Novi, Mich. (Detroit Central Catholic) RB 5-11 195 Warren, Ohio (Howland) QB 6-3 183 Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) DT DB 5-11 170 Detroit (Cass Tech) LB 6-4 230 6-4 260 Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa) Hudson, Ohio (Hudson) 6-2 305 Westwood, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers) 6-5 280 Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Baltimore (Gilman School) they are not going to bring E.J. in on an unofficial," Eric Levenberry said. "They have a more press- ing need, and they will not have a scholarship available right now unless someone pulls back form them." With all of Michigan's commit- ments solid to the Wolverines, it appears that the pursuit of Leven- berry has indeed come to an end. pected to bring in 25 recruits in the class of 2013. Michigan has 13 se- niors whose eligibility will expire at the conclusion of the 2012 season, and has nine scholarships open on the current roster following the fall The U-M coaching staff is ex- THE NEW NUMBERS Class Of 2013 Football Commitments Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) 6-5 285 Wheaton, Ill. (St. Francis) 6-6 230 6-6 240 Current Florida State commitment E.J. Leven- berry Jr. — who is rated by as the nation's No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 21 overall player — expressed an interest in vis- iting U-M this fall, but was rebuffed. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM camp departures of junior corner- back Terrence Talbott and redshirt freshman safety Tamani Carter. Their scholarships will likely be granted to walk-on players on a one-year basis. With 22 projected openings and Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) Pickerington, Ohio (Central) 25 projected recruits in the class, the expectation is for three more spots to open up by the time the 2013 season starts. Such attrition can happen naturally (as evidenced by the recent departures), and would not be out of the ordinary. Fourth- year juniors who do not return for backer Michael Ferns has made an early commitment, but he's hardly ahead of the curve in Michigan's re- cent past. Rising prep senior quar- terback Shane Morris and Michigan senior defensive tackle William Campbell both committed earlier in their respective recruiting cycles. St. Clairsville (Ohio) High line- MICHIGAN'S EARLIEST COMMITMENTS 2013 QB Shane Morris 5/10/11 2012 OL Ben Braden Rec. First Class Commitment 2014 LB Michael Ferns 8/9/12 Date Harper Woods, Mich. (Chandler Park) 2011 CB Gregg Brown 9/2/09 2010 WR Ricardo Miller 9/29/08 2009 DT Will Campbell 6/20/07 3/24/11

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