- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Tennessee's recruitment of E.J. Levenberry is essentially over just after it restarted.
The four-star linebacker from Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton is "firmly committed" to Florida State, according to his father, Eric Levenberry. The elder Levenberry said his son told newly hired Tennessee assistant coach Tommy Thigpen not to bother visiting the family tonight.
The Vols were in the hunt to land Levenberry before they hired former defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri. He, unlike former Tennessee linebackers coach Lance Thompson, didn't recruit the ESPN 300 prospect. Once the Vols fired third-year coach Derek Dooley last month, they seemed back in the hunt for Levenberry, who had always spoken highly of the school. That apparently has changed.
Levenberry registered 172 tackles this season, 14 pass deflections, one forced fumble, 24 quarterback hurries and an interception. He picked Florida State in April over Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
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