April 20th, 2012 at 1:43 AM ^

I did get in trouble for wearing Michigan garb in the lockeroom my junior year Lmao. I love the hell out of Fsu football just as much....but Michigan is my home and family to me. It's what I identify with from a cultural standpoint like all of you. I will always be a seminole and have pride in my alma mater....but you cant take the Wolverine out of me. Go noles and go blue! And yes Terrel Buckley still teases me about that game in the Big House in 91....Lmao. I hope that they never play again...I would wear all black.


April 20th, 2012 at 11:45 AM ^

ugh. . .as a student I had the pleasure of attending Miami '88, MSU '90, Colorado '94, and FSU '91, and that FSU loss may have been the worst of all. . .such promise for that team (legitimately so), completely demolished by Buckley and Amp Lee.  

I think I remember Coach Bowden's quote right--may have been from a post-game interview that I saw later that day. . .was a crazy lateral-throwback play that went for a TD.  Whatever he called it, I vividly remember how happy he looked over it, sort of an "I can't believe we pulled it off either".  

Bo Knows

April 20th, 2012 at 2:03 AM ^

I really don't have a prediction and it just might be silly for the rest of you to do the same without talking to the kid.  We will find out on Tuesday.


April 20th, 2012 at 2:37 AM ^

I think it will be Michigan. The academics, the two visits, the culture of Hoke (law enforecement, right?) and Levenberry's father in the same field, Hoke and Mattison shooting straight and expecting a lot. It all fits. However, I'm glad he's deciding, either way, next Tuesday.

  1. I don't think it is a bad choice to have, and really, don't think he can go wrong either way.
  2. And he isn't going to go to Florida, Ohio State, LSU, or Alabama.
  3. If he does go to Michigan, it allows the focus to go to WR, RB, & DL.
  4. It also is another head to head recruiting battle won with Ohio.
  5. It is perfect balance. With McCray at SAM, and Gedeon at WILL, Levenberry can be at MIKE.
  6. With Bolden on campus now, and Jenkins-Stone coming this summer, we have depth at MIKE. Demens will play this year, Bolden or Jenkins-Stone will start in 2013, allowing Levenberry to redshirt. Having this kind of depth and giving guys a year to acclimate and learn the schemes, etc., is critical to success.
  7. If he doesn't go to Michigan, it allows Mattison and Hoke to go to plan B.
  8. It is at least one piece of football news in the off season for mgobloggers.


April 20th, 2012 at 12:27 PM ^

I think probably, but it depends on Joe Bolden's development, and the development of the other young guys at Will (Pools, Ringer and Ross).  We'll have a much better read on that after this fall.  If Morgan has a good season, then I doubt he gets jumped at either spot.


April 20th, 2012 at 6:39 AM ^

So the next question is, IF we do land Levenberry, how does this affect the recruitment of all those Cass Tech LBs next year? No longer a favorable depth chart there. Could be a tough pull, especially for a guy like Drake whose already favoring MSU and Iowa. How good are those LBs supposed to be anyway?

Doctor Wolverine

April 20th, 2012 at 7:28 AM ^

The 2012 and 2013 LB recruiting classes were already quite competitive. Michigan is returning to the type of school where you don't come here for a free pass at a starting role. You need to be willing and able to compete with the country's best. If you can't handle that, go somewhere else. I think the Cass Tech kids will be game for competing.


April 20th, 2012 at 9:00 AM ^

We have Fitz at RB along with Hayes, and Rawls and we're chasing downTy Isaac. We just brought in 2 big WRs in this years class with another for next and possibly Treadwell. Our O line will eventually be the best in the country, with Devin possibly calling signals for the next 2 years and Shane for a potential 3. I think we're doing pretty well. I'm more concerned with getting more run stuffers to go next to Ondre.


April 20th, 2012 at 8:21 AM ^

Last year's LB class


This year's LB class


EJ Levenberry


Head asplode.

Hopefully, the ghost of the LB play of RR's first year will be banished forever.

Leaders And Best

April 20th, 2012 at 8:41 AM ^

According to the roster, I think we have 19 spots opening up, but I am guessing the coaches have already projected some 5th years not coming back and possible attrition.  We currently have 17 commits, and most recruiting sites are expecting us to take about 6-7 more players (2 DL, 1-2 WR, 0-1 RB, 0-1 LB, 0-1 DB).


April 20th, 2012 at 8:46 AM ^

Probably in the 22-23 range. There are 19 scholarships available right now, a couple of RS juniors who won't come back, and then you always have a couple players who transfer when they see younger players ahead of them.

I figure OSUs class will grow too. Some kids won't like their spot on the depth chart under the new staff and will leave before the season. Just hope they leave with a bit more class than players like Boren. I get the feeling Meyer practices are very similar to RR practices and we haven't heard a word from little Boren about family values.


April 20th, 2012 at 9:08 AM ^

Why are some of you ripping FSU's academics? FSU was a school for girls until about 50-60 years ago. UF basically dominated everything in the state until FSU came along. Florida State now has a top law school, a very young medical school, and a killer liberal arts program. We are the only university in the country to have a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist as a faculty member. We've had a few Rhodes Scholars and we have a Nobel Prize-winning chemist on our faculty. I attended FSU and graduated in 2011 and I can tell you that 90% of my professors had attended Ivy League schools. I know FSU isn't on Michigan's standards--I blame a lot of this on the South and what we have to endure down here with terrible high schools--but FSU has come a long way.


I wish you guys the best this year, but the knocks on FSU's academics are a bit unfounded. FSU is a good school that has come a long way.


Brady Hoke, by the way, is doing an incredible job. It's nice to see Big Blue back. Hope you guys pulverize the Buckeyes for many years to come. But be warned that Urban Meyer is a snake. The guy will sell his soul to secure a commitment.


April 20th, 2012 at 9:19 AM ^

FSU is a fine school, and is probably better than 90%+ of the schools you primarily recruit against (I'm looking in your direction, entire-SEC-minus-Vandy). But Michigan is generally seen as a bit above FSU on the academic ladder, so wherever fans perceive an advantage, they'll exaggerate it to cartoonish proportions. Plus, we're arrogant snobs.  Hell, Notre Dame fans make fun of US as a clown college safety school, and an OSU blog has taken to calling us Ann Arbor Community College. But for those who claim FSU isn't a great school, I apologize.

But it could be worse... Michigan State and Ohio State are fairly decent schools in the grand scheme of things, and we treat them like academic neandertals (though the cooler pooping didn't help matters).

(Also, "Big Blue" is Kentucky. Or IBM. We prefer not to go by that particular moniker)


April 20th, 2012 at 9:35 AM ^

Agreed on those points.

Also, I may add that we're being heavily trafficked by opposing fanbases these days.  I think many of us either don't realize it, or forget about it when we go on our academic bashing rants.  We don't intend to offend (well, some may), but we also don't think its going to fall upon the eyes of those who may be affected.

Normally we are a pretty classy bunch.


April 20th, 2012 at 10:18 AM ^

With all due respect, the knocks on FSU's academics are not unfounded.  Saying FSU has a top law school, however, is unfounded.  A top law school, in common understanding, is one of the fifteen best in the country.  FSU's law school doesn't even sniff the top thirty.  Ergo, it's not a top law school.

More broadly, as an institution, Michigan is elite, while FSU is third-tier.  The facts you cite in support of your assertion to the contrary--Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist faculty member, professors' credentials, etc.--really serve to undermine your argument.  A good academic institution doesn't have to tout such minor statistics to convince others of its reputation.

Mr. Rager

April 20th, 2012 at 9:14 AM ^

Either you buy into Farrell and think it's FSU ("He is announcing early to let the Michigan coaches recruit other guys with that schollie they have so obviously saved for him") or you buy into everyone else on this planet and think it's Michigan (he just visited, and both his mom and him consider M his leader).  

He's blue imo.


April 20th, 2012 at 9:25 AM ^

Something happened in Tallahassee - maybe it was the weather, the women, the vibe - but moving up his decision suggests FSU since they only have one LB slot left as well (and we said we'd save one for him essentially until NSD).  I would bet that his parents prefer Michigan but EJ somehow favors FSU...  The O'Daniel ship has sailed (Clemson) and the Anzalone ship is expected to sail after this weekend (OSU).  Maybe we'll get lucky with Hutchins or Kalambayi but at this point I'd prefer a couple more DTs (especially a NG/1T) and a couple of stud receivers.