He's got, like four stars, man. He will probably get a fifth star.
He's got, like four stars, man. He will probably get a fifth star.
The only site that's on the verge of giving him a fifth star is Rivals.
Given his offer list, it looks like Michigan is not alone in expecting him to be an excellent player. The conclusion to your scouting report also acknowledges his upside, with coaching and improvement in technique. I think that's one of the luxuries of building depth at positions: you get to a point where you don't have to have the "can't miss" guy who might have to play right away.
I agree he is a bit raw. All of the physical tools are there which explains the offer list. He blitzes well and that seems to be his strong suit. Reading and reacting he does well at times and others not so much. His game currently has a sandlot feel to it but some coaching and 15lbs would make this kid a monster.
When is he announcing ?
He will be deciding between Michigan and Florida State, and he may make a summer decision. I've heard August, but we'll see.
Reminds you of Obi Ezeh? You're talking about the same rugby-playing consensus 3 star recruit that picked up a late UM offer, and went on to be one of the most ineffective linebackers in recent UM history at diagnosing plays and filling holes, right? I certainly hope he pans out to be a little more productive than that.
The coaching changes killed Ezeh's career, and I'm dead set on that. Ezeh appeared to have more than adaquete instincts his first year, and while he was never going to be the greatest, he had potential, in my opinion, to be a late NFL pick up.
When thinking took over his head rather than making plays he struggled. It was clear to me that Ezeh stuggled with confidence, as once he started thinking instead of reacting, he started struggling more. Ezeh never got to the point of just going out and playing. He was still thinking about technique (the little of what was coached in his time at Michigan apparently) rather than it being second nature to him. If he would have continued to be coached in a single system and retained his confidence, I think he would have been a fine LB for Michigan.
As for the comparison, Levenberry has a higher ceiling than Ezeh, but they play quite similar at this point. I think Levenberry will be better, but they are definately the same type of player, and hopefully Levenberry will see better and more consistent coaching to become what Ezeh never could.
We may have to agree to disagree on that one, but IME, Kenny Demens put the final nail in the coffin on the idea that Ezeh had any football sense. Demens had the same coaching Ezeh did, and upon being put in the game, the middle of a game mind you, coming in cold, did 90% of the things right that Ezeh was doing wrong. All the coaching changes probably did screw with Ezeh's head, but very few people on the team had those problems to the extent Ezeh did. I think he was just one of those guys that didn't have a head for the game.
Obi Ezeh had 3 coaches in his time, the first two with Szabo, and then he switched to Shafer, Hopson, and then Robinson. He also switched from 4-3 to 3-3-5 back to 4-3 and then back to a 3-3-5.
At the time Demons had at least spent most of his time with two coaches, and at least the same staff around him. We saw last year that Demons stuggled a bit to react. That is probably in part because of the coaching change and not being comfortable. Don't get me wrong, I think Ezeh would have struggled at the next level because he clearly struggled to adapt, but nonetheless he could have been much better.
Ezeh ran a 5.07 second 40 at his pro day. He went undrafted and lasted less than three weeks in an NFL camp before leaving the league for good. Combine that with the low recruiting rankings and the picture of his raw athletic ability is pretty dim.
Expecting him to be a good player under any circumstances is a pretty big pipe dream, and I'm guessing you wouldn't hold the same opinion if he hadn't happened to play for your favorite team.
Ezeh definately played like a hs junior.............
I also found it a bit odd he is being compared to ezeh. Everytime a play went Obi's way I closed my eyes. Least favorite Michigan linebacker in recent years.
Wasn't Obi recruited to play RB too?
I think he came in as a FB or was given the opportunity to play FB or LB.
I don't think there is a player's name that I have screamed "dammit" to more than Ezeh's, maybe Rip Hamilton.
As Space Coyote says, I'm not nearly as down on Ezeh as many Michigan fans were. Ezeh had some good coverage skills and was a decent tackler. I think he had some talent when he was younger, but the constant changes in defensive schemes (and a back injury) really took their toll. I'm not saying he reminds me of Obi Ezeh as an insult. I liked Ezeh, but he wasn't a good player by the time he was an upperclassman.
* silently thinks of Dorian O'Daniel *
Also hope he has more speed than what is evident on the tape. Often seems hesitant.
I think your scouting report is relatively accurate, however, a few things:
I think you're overblowing the instincts part of it. His instincts are pretty solid IMO, especially for the SAM spot (which I think he will play). While I agree, that if he were playing in the middle, instincts may become a concern, I do feel for the SAM spot his instincts are fine. He looks completely destined for SAM IMO.
I think the bigger concern is the fact that, while he is a big hitter, he doesn't always bring his feet. He absolutely kills people in his highlights, but that is because he is such a big kid. His feet are often planted like roots when he actually makes the hit rather than driving. He does do a good job of getting the ball carrier off the ground, so he has good form outside of the feet issue.
I think the positives are the big thing though. He has really big potential. His body is as near to college ready as you will get. His height and weight could make him a terror to block. He is athletic. With a little coaching, he can reach his potential, and he seems much more likely to reach his potential than most because of the things he needs to be coached on.
That being said, he isn't the best LB in the class. He is more likely to drop a bit than to pick up a 5th star it seems. While he is for sure a 4 star caliber LB, probably top 100-150ish player, I think he is rated a bit too highly at this point as his potential is great, but not as great as some others, and he is pretty solid now, but not as solid as some others. Still, a very good player that would be a very good pick up.
Also, I think the Obi comparison is fair, as I thought Obi was a better fit at SAM as well, where he wouldn't have to read and react as much. People tend to forget the potential Ezeh has as a freshman before he started thinking way too much and it clouded his instincts. I think Levenberry is a better athlete and has a better body than Ezeh, but they are similar types of LBs, and I think with proper coaching he could be All-Conf/NFL caliber by the time he leaves, as you state.
Needs coaching? We got that.
....that some day I will open a Magnus evaluation, and it will be effusive, glowing, and overwhelmingly positive.
Sorry, I must have taken some of Brian's painkillers.
Read his write up of James Ross. Magnus has a mancrush on him for sure lol
Have you forgotten the love that he had for Mike Cox. (sorry in advance for how that sounds)
The love he had? I think the love is still there
after we've already read it. That's more like "sorry in arrears".
(Sorry for how that sounded.)
I share this vision. I knew as soon as I saw the title in the sidebar that I was going to be disappointed.
Reminds me nothing of Obi Ezeh.
Thanks for your extremely detailed opinion
At least you have nowhere to go but up.
FYI, and to make this informative and not (too) dickish, it is not your opinion that leads my to criticize your comment. But, if you are going to make a statement like that, give some support or reasoning. Magnus does a great job on these evaluations. He is far from flawless, and many of us often disagree with some of his conclusions. But, if you are going to do so, provide some support to add to the dialogue.
He's referring to the fact that, by all accounts, other very good 2013 linebackers have been turned away by the coaches... including O'Daniel (Had Michigan as his top choice, now a Clemson commit) and Anzalone (if I remember, he had a high interest in Michigan, but is now an ohio lean).
At the time, the assumption was made that we must have a silent commit (Gedeon) and were saving a 3rd LB spot for a super-stud (Levenberry).
So now, two things have come to light that throw all that previous speculation out the window. Gedeon says he was never a silent commit. And Levenberry may not be such a super-stud... in fact, it seems reasonable to assert that he's on par with O'Daniel or Anzalone (both outstanding prospects)... so the question remains, why were they turned away?
We're left to trust the coaches and admit that all we can do is speculate on what is known publicly when we do not know everything the coaches know behind closed doors. The caveat being that I would be happy with any of those three and am more than happy with the current 2012 and 2013 LB commits.
There is an interview on Scout with EJ and his dad, and Mr. Levenberry is quoted that Hoke and Co. believe that EJ is the best LB in the class. They saw Gedeon in camp first hand last year, so he was always a priority. With LB not a huge need, why not hold out for whom you believe is the best LB in the class, and if you don't get him, it isn't that big of a deal anyway because the position isn't a huge need.
I think their talent evaluation deserves the benefir of the doubt if they believe that EJ is the best LB in the class.
O'Daniel and Levenberry may both be LBs but they wouldn't play the same position at Michigan. Last year's class lacked a true SAM, which Levenberry projects to. Also, I don't think anything has happened to change the coaches' evaluations of these prospects.
Gedeon may not have been a silent commit, but the coaches usually have a very good idea of where they stand with recruits. It's reasonable to think they were confident he would decide soon and in their favor. Rightly so, I might add.
I had a feeling for awhile that Gedeon was a silent commit. It seemed like he just suddenly dropped off the face of the Earth, and you didn't really hear anything about him. That makes a lot of sense as to why they would tell O'Daniel they were full at the position.
As for Levenberry, we don't really have a need for another LB in this class, but I think the coaches like his potential and physical aspects. The guy is bound to be a redshirt, so that will give him plenty of time to learn the playbook and hit the weights.
I was thinking that too. Pulling the other LB offers isn't too big of a deal, if anything raises an eyebrow is that EJ still has one. There are definitely more pressing needs.
While I agree that we have more pressing needs, it is still curious that the coaches were turning away top 100 LB prospects when at the time we only had one LB commited.
The point is that they started turning down other "elite" linebackers (O'Daniel, Jones, Anzalone, etc.) but were saving a spot for Levenberry. I'm not saying he's the only linebacker they've recruited, just that they've shut the door on a bunch of others.
Why do you do this? If you want to trash a recruit on your own blog that's fine, but don't bring it here. Recruits read this stuff and I just don't see the value of having it here. If you want to post that you have a recruit post on your blog that's fine but just announce that and leave it at that. You don't have to add that you think the kid stinks in your post here.
He never said he thinks the kid "stinks". Learn to read before you trash other people.
He basically did to LTT. He gave some very harsh criticism (some of which may have been accurate), which LTT stumbled upon through this blog. Obviously the professional evaluators (the coaching staff, not subscription site "analysts") see a lot of upside to his game, in accepting his commitment and in turn, turning down a lot of highly rated OLine prospects.
Overall I agree with Dudeness, that we shouldn't be attracting hits to "negative content" about future Wolverines. Has it hurt us in recruiting yet? Probably not. But it does have the potential to do harm in the future. Lets face it, we have a great resource here, in the #1 single team sports blog in the country. Recruits and their parents know about MGoBlog from interviews with Aqua and Ace (and formerly TomVH), so lets protect our program.
If you want fluff there are myriad places you can find it. I (and others) read Touchthebanner because it's one of the only places where the editorial voice isn't compromised by the borderline delusional idea that they are part of the program and should aim to contribute to its success.
This isn't Touchthebanner.
Good point. But seriously if sober discussion of recruits is verboten here because they might get upset count me out.
I encourage you to actually read and comprehend what I said about Logan Tuley-Tillman.
As someone who read every word of your LTT assessment, I agree that it was beyond "analysis" and leaned awfully close to a personal attack.
And hey, it's a free country, and you can say whatever you like. But when you say "Logan Tuley-Tillman is not very good right now" and " It looks like Tuley-Tillman has never had a day of quality offensive line coaching," you can't be surprised when people see it as more personal attack than analysis.
I agree with this assessment of the assessment. I definitely appreciate the realistic evaluations and I actually thought this one was pretty positive on the whole, but in general there's something to be said for leaning towards the positives rather than the negatives, and presenting things with a positive connotation. Every high school player in America has things to work on, but providing constructive criticism doesn't necessarily require honing in so much on those weak points. If you were coaching the kid that would obviously be beneficial, because it lets the kid focus on what he needs to work on, but it can come across as bashing in a one off, written format. Your blog though. Cue the dude.
I agree that it could have been worded differently. It wasn't. Oh well. Regardless, the evaluation was honest and said a lot of good things, too. Unfortunately, people can't always see the forest for the trees.
Did I say "he stinks" or did I say that he might not be the kind of recruit you turn down all kinds of other linebackers for? The latter? Oh, okay.
First and foremost I do not click your "scouting reports" anymore, I did once some time ago and that was enough for me. Your "scouting" is laughable at best, I don't know what kind of expierience you have as a talent evaluator but I would love to see your credentials. Instead of calling it a scouting report you should really title it "my shitty, negative critique" I believe a while back I read you are a high school volenteer assisstant or something, that makes you a evaluator of some elite high school football players? In another thread you stated that Shane Morris had accuracy problems ever since he has been on your "radar" LOL Give me a break bud, I trust the coaches that are at Michigan to evaluate and judge what kind of player they bless with an offer. That being said why dont you try to be a little more positive in your "evaluations" or give it up and try and get a real job. Best Regards Dr. Jay
I believe Magnus is a HS football coach (or something along those lines). He has always voiced his opinions very strongly (sometimes a little too strongly for my liking), and kinda comes off as a d*ck if you disagree with him. That said, take solice in the fact that Hoke and Mattison have a hell of a lot more experience evaluating players, and get payed a hell of a lot more money to do so. They also have access to hours of film on these prospects, where people like Magnus make scouting reports based off of a 5 min highlight film or some limited game action (I've always laughed at this point).
There aren't many people who come across as sweethearts when you disagree with them.
Not that I have any football scouting experience but I would read it before I comment on the negativity of the report. It basically says has strong physical attributes, lacks some technique, and has the potential to be an all-conference or NFL player. Same as pretty much every high school athlete; they have some work to do to be ready for the college level and then more if they're able to continue playing professionally.
I agree with you... I find these reports more realistic than negative. These are juniors in high school... none of them are ready to start in the NFL right now. They all have aspects of their game that need improvement. And I think they all realize that.
It's not like Magnus is saying, "this guy sucks compared to all these are perfect prospects out there" or "hell never make it at the college level." Typically he says these are good solid players who have strengths and weaknesses... that's reality.
I don't know how realistic they can be when they are based on 5 min of highlight film put on youtube that covers an entire HS season.
I watch as much film on these guys as I can find - highlights on Youtube, highlights on Hudl, highlights on Rivals, camp highlights, etc. It's the best I can do. I can't travel and watch all these guys in person.
These kids all know they have things to work on, and like it or not, not all of them are going to pan out and be all-americans. It just doesn't happen. Yet you guys get all up in arms like it's going to hurt recruiting. I got news for you guys, things like this have very little impact on recruiting. The coaches, the program, etc. are what dictate recruiting, not one guys honest opinion of what he sees in a highlight tape.
And trust me, almost all these kids know they have things to work on. Maybe it's a little harder to take it from a high school coach (who by the way, I'm sure knows a lot more about the game than most here. You may think you know a lot, but you realize quickly once you get into coaching that you know very little at the start) that he doesn't know, but it's still fair criticism. It's an opinion, not some flowery, unrealistic praise like some people around here seem to want. I think some of you need expectations tampered a bit, because you expect everyone to be the best at everything.
I disagree with Magnus on some things, but he knows a lot more than most here, and he has a right to an opinion that isn't all positive. I don't think that's going to hurt recruiting. If anything it will get players to have a chip on their shoulder when they get here. Players will get criticism in college anyway, it's not going to always be flowery no matter where they end up, much less at Michigan where we have UFR's tell us how bad/good a player is playing (oh no, Obi Ezeh's parents might have read a UFR and now they hate Michigan... not so much).
These players aren't flawless, deal with that. If you don't like reading a different take on things, then don't read it. I myself like seeing another person's opinion. I trust the Michigan coaches' opinions more, but they see more film and have more experience, and still you guys act like the coaches want these players because they are already perfect. All Magnus is doing is seeing what he sees, yet you people complain about having more educated opinions. A spoiled and sensitive bunch, great.
And by the way, this isn't a very negative report. It's way more positive than anything, Magnus pointed out things most high school players need to work on, and, just as he did with LTT, said he has a very high ceiling if he takes to the coaching.
Agreed. None of these kids are operating anywhere close to their physical or technical potential. Even All Pro NFLers know they have areas they can improve. While kids should have a healthy amount of pride in how they play, they'll probably have problems taking coaching if they can't also be realistic about their deficiencies. 99+% of recruits aren't at an All American or even All Conference level the minute they step on campus. Magnus' evaluations do much more to explain what a recruit has to do to get there than others. Not to take a shot at the Tremendous (aka thisismichiganfootball) blog, but in their last two evaluations the only two concerns listed were tempered with "hard to find anything to work on" and "but not a need for concern". Are you kidding me? Does anyone think there's a single recruit our coaches will struggle to find fault with? A kid isn't going to want to play for a coach like that. There's a reason kids want to play for coach Mattison. He's a guy who has helped develop Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata. Kids aren't stupid if a coach or evaluator tells them "you are basically Terrell Suggs" the kids will laugh them out of the room. If the coach can credibly say "I will develop you to be as good as Terrell Suggs" the kid will ask "where can I sign?"
You're certainly entitled to your opinion
And you're ugly
Well I had sex with your wife!!!
His wife is in a coma.
...the life support machine store called....no..<trails off to mumbling>
You're through Riley! YOU JUST SCREWED YOURSELF!
nice job guys, but truth be told I was originally quoting Ace Ventura.
I'm still perplexed that we would turn away Dorian O'Daniel (who is rated higher by some and had Michigan as his leader and who is at a school that consistently develops top D-I talent including coveted CB Kendall Fuller in this class) and Alex Anzalone from even visiting (presumably because Gedeon was a silent and Levenberry was close). I was similarly perplexed regarding our stiff-arm to Tommy Schutt and cold-shoulder to Danny O'Brien last year. That being said, I COMPLETELY trust Coaches Hoke & Mattison regarding their assessment of recruits (physically, mentally, emotionally) and their character and fit within the system and program.
I believe its more a matter of that they only wanted to take 2 LBs in this class due to the 4-5 they took last season, and the limited numbers remaining for this class. They have their two, but consider Levenberry a high enough talent to be worth making room for.
They turned away O'Daniel because we were full with 2. Levenberry is the icing on the cake. Also, factor in that they probably see O'Danien and EJ playing different LB positions.
O'Daniel is slotted as a WILL, if I recall.
But we were NOT full with two when O'Daniel or Anzalone were turned away. Only McCray was a commit at that point.
I think the staff had reasons to believe that Gideon was very likely on board (whether he would admit to being a silent commit or not). Whether it actually was a silent commit, or just a really good vibe, I don't believe they would risk their own careers on LB depth by turning players away if they didn't feel really good about what they had.
Agree that they felt Gedeon was likely to commit and people need to factor in that the coaches look at more than game film and measurables. Gedeon is also a great student and I'm guessing will be a strong leader, considering his brother is captain of the Harvard team. I think this is what pushed him ahead of O'Daniel and Anzalone.
and multi-tasking at work as I now see several posters made similar comments from when I started typing to when i actually posted. I will stick to just reading them!
I agree that MIKE may be the best position for him, his pass pro skills are too high up on his skill set to put him at the SAM.
Right. Although I think he's a better blitzer than cover guy, having 7 interceptions (some of them of the impressive kind) make me want him in coverage a little more than the SAM usually is.
Cant help but wonder if the coaches just really like him as a person as well as a player. He seems like a really smart kid with a good family network. Fit seems very important to Hoke & Co.
I liked the report Magnus. I don't see how saying:
All of his physical talents suggest that he could be an all-conference player and develop into an NFL linebacker, but he needs some good coaching to get there.
can be taken as a bad thing, and its probably something that Levenberry already knows. The criticism that he is a bit raw is fair, especially when you compare him to our recent LB hauls (Bolden).
On the other hand, how excited would we have been to get this kid two years ago? I think we would have been thrilled (Magnus included). We have some pretty crazy expectations these days given the NOLA win and the start of this class.
Magnus, I really appreciate your insights, honesty, and football knowledge. Having said that (Curb reference) you are the biggest goddamn buzzkill in the entire world. You would criticize the grammar on a suicide note.
Your analysis of Magnus' analysis is perfectly accurate
Unless you're talking about Hitler I think that's a bad example.
Well, a suicide note is the last chance you get to make an impression. It ought to be good
...or guys with great offer lists fit this profile: big-time athletes who are fairly raw. Magnus just said that they guy isn't "can't miss." How many players are?
Low ceiling: what we saw of Ezeh in high final 3 years.
High ceiling: Courtney Upshaw (Former Alabama OLB/DE, 4* prospect coming into school)
Most likely: somewhere between the two. Though it appears some people only think you're allowed to say he'll be the next Courtney Upshaw.
Levenberry has an Alabama offer.
Obi Ezeh most assuredly did not.
Mattison is the one who really has to sign off on defensive recruits. Like the rest of us, he isn't infallible. However, his opinion is much more informed than mine, and than that of most everyone on the board. The fact that Levenberry has so many offers (including Alabama) and the fact that our coaches are high on him, matters more than what ESPN or Rivals or Scouts rank him.
And it is noteworthy that Rivals, ranked by the Mathlete as the best recruiting service in terms of how their rankings pan out, has Levenberry the highest.
I appreciate Magnus' scouting reports and analysis. While sometimes somewhat negative, I would say that he is not so much negative, but realistic. We don't need more puff pieces that are out of touch with reality. It is better to sift through several informed opinions on a player before making one yourself. Magnus is part of that process.
This whole discussion reminds me of grade inflation and "positive feedback." If everyone gets an A, then an A no longer really matters. If everyone wins, then competition no longer means anything. Our coach's careers depend on having solid players, and so they are staking their own livelihoods on who they offer. Regardless of a mistake here and there, Hoke and crew are doing an excellent job.
The grade inflation thing is a big part of some of the reactions. Not everyone deserves an "A" grade. It's okay to get a "B+" or a "B" or a "C" once in a while. Not every kid can be the best quarterback in the country or the best linebacker in the country.
Your opinion is noted!
In case you hadn't noticed, the Hoke staff puts a bit of a premium on guys who have both top flight skill AND a work hard and earn it attitude. Levenberry seems nothing if not the type of guy who'd come in and quitely work his ass off to get better, keep his head down and not get in any trouble otherwise.
The one thing that bothers me about magnus sometimes is how he'll ding a guy who jogs into the endzone, but not give a guy credit for having an above average level of commitment to the game and a program.
A guy's level of commitment seems awfully difficult to judge based on film...
Seems like a positive review I'm not sure what blew the skirts up. I prefer Hutchings instincts but otherwise am very high on Levenberry. I see Hutchings as the Cravens of this years LBs, disruptively awesome. But to me Levenberry can get there. I wasn't nearly as high on O'Daniel. Levenberry seems like a team guy where as O'Daniels teammates didn't even celebrate with him often, that's a red flag. Saying a high school kid needs coaching is hardly an over the top critique. I prefer to see a balanced report over a rose colored report any day.
I have heard the same. I have a friend that coaches 2014 Deshawn Hand who plays at Woodbridge(VA) Levenberry's rival. My friend played LB in college and coaches DL/LB, and works with 247. He isn't as impressed with Levenberry as he is with Gedeon. He thinks Levenberry will end up at FSU because he might not have the talent to crack our starting lb core until a RS JR year at best. I won't bore you with the flaws in his game, but thats just his opinion.
As far as character, he is a me first guy, with a control freak dad (who is a former cop I believe) who got into a fight at one of his sons games last year, and has been known to argue and yell at opposing high school players.
With this coaching staff the most common denominator seems to be how "physical" a player is. They will skim over many things but when a player lays the lumber, smiles asplode. Knock somebody on their ass and Mattison will like you. Mattison likes Morgan. I don't know anything about Levenberry, but if he likes to hit, these coaches will notice, technique and all that crap they will figure out later.
Appreciate your analysis and I was glad to see you admitted he was good. The weaknesses you listed can be taught to someone of his ability. I especially liked the one where he's "Not technically sound when it comes to technique." I know you're a coach and you see things I don't, but who am I to argue with Hoke and Co.? Other things I won't do--Argue with Ford Motor Co. about engineering issues with their automobiles.
To Canzior- Before you go on a web site and post information you should try to verify your facts especially when they are second hand. A responsible adult would take such action.
I am not a former cop as you state. I am a 20 year supervisor in law enforcement currently. I would not represent myself in such a negative light because my profession requires me to carry myself at a higher standard than the general public.
Second, your friend/coach that you are quoting false information from was probably the Woodbridge High School coach that was yelling at my son at the football game from the sideline. This incident was reported to the Woodbridge Principal and documented. Such a person should not be coaching High school football.
Third, I have never got into a fight at any football game as you state. The facts are a federal law enforcement officer struck my son on the football field after a football game. This federal law enforcement officer was arrested by Prince William County Police, VA, and he pleaded guilty in the case. These facts are documented in the Washington Post other media outlets and in court records.
Maybe if you google before you press the send button you would not expose yourself to a slander law suit. I am a mentor to kids as a football coach in Prince William County, VA and I do not yell at other peoples children.
Your friend/coach at Woodbridge or you can speak with me directly face to face if you want to know the type of character person I am. Don't hide behind a web name and put out false information.
I coach at Saunders Middle School every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. Please feel free to introduce yourself.
Eric Levenberry Sr.
Mr. Levenberry, don't take one guy spreading hearsay about you and your son too seriously. There are people who believe anything they hear, or read, without question no matter where you go. I believe most of us have heard nothing but positive things about you and your son. I choose to believe those and I think that at least 99.99% of Wolverine fans would jump for joy if you guys joined the UM family.
Furthermore, as you state, your friend is a coach at Woodbridge High School. Every coach should be trying to help a young man. I have personally told several coaches aboun his player Da'shawn Hand. Michigan and several other D-1 schools have offered that kid based on what I told them about him. That is what you call character.
Every reporter that has interviewed my son can tell you that he always talks about his team mates before he talks about himself. My son tells every college recruiter that is recruiting him about his team mates who should be offered also.
He has been telling recruiters about our 6'7 offensive tackle that does not have a scholarship offer. He heas been telling recruiters about the other linebackers on his team that deserve a college scholarship.
Now you tell me if that is a me person? ??/
I have personally driven his team mates to colleges in an effort to get them schollarships. I have personally contacted every school in the CAA in an effort to inform them about the good football players at my sons school.
That is not a me person. My ministry is to help kids get into college.
Maybe what you and your friend should discuss is the number of Woodbridge High School football players who have to attend Hudson Valley Community College. Maybe a little structure and tutoring after school will help these young men.
I want to see every kid in Prince William County, Virginia, get a college football scholarship no matter what school he plays for. You will never see me bad mouth a young man especially on a national blog.
Every adult should be trying to help every kid he can for this is where he will get his blessings. Your comments clearly reflect your character! I wish your friend/coach at Woodbridge HS nothing but the best.
Eric Levenberry Sr.
What I have noticed about Hoke's recruiting style (compared to RR) is that he is recruiting high-character individuals who will not show up in the crime section of the newspapers. EJ Levenberry definitely fits that bill of Brady Hoke's vision of a Michigan man.
Bulldog, please ignore all these so-call experts and rumour mill mongers. Wish EJ the best irrespective of his choice.
It's inevitable that every coach will recruit a kid here or there who gets into some trouble. That's just the nature of recruiting and being in college.
That being said, I certainly agree that Coach Hoke is recruiting high character kids.
FWIW, this story about Levenberry being a "me first" person is the first I've heard of it. We should also take with a grain of salt anything that comes from a rival coach's mouth. That's not exactly an unbiased opinion, and most coaches find reasons to dislike opposing players/programs.