"I was down at Ohio State on Sunday," Lefeld told Bearcat Insider by phone. "And I went to Ball State on Friday to see what each had to offer. All the way through I stayed in contact with Cincinnati and had been thinking about the Bearcats the past couple of weeks. With their class filling up I knew I didn't want to let this chance pass me by and it seemed like a good decision for me."
Having picked up his offer just a few weeks ago left the Coldwater (Ohio) native looking back at his unofficial visit.
"I just picked a random day and went down to Cincinnati. I had the chance to talk with the coaches and a few players were in the office the day I was there. Looking back I knew I loved the campus and how everything you need is right there for you. I also know that Cincinnati is the best school for me."
On his visit the Bearcats maid sure he didn't leave without having a full understanding of the direction they are headed and what their plans are for him in the future.
"They see me as a defensive end because of my long arms and the ability I have to keep offensive linemen off me. I sat down with all of the defensive coaches and came away feeling that they really wanted me to be part of their program. I didn't get that feeling from Ohio State when I was there. Feeling like someone really wants you is such a great feeling."
With his size Lefeld knows there is a chance he could see a position change.
"I asked the coaches if they saw me as an offensive lineman and they said If I'm not at end I'll be a defensive tackle."
As for the areas of improvement Eric had the following to say about his game.
"I really feel I need to continue working on the techniques I've learned at the past couple of camps. I knew I need to be consistent in staying low. Right now I feel my strength is the ability to come off the edge with very good speed. I'm pretty fast for a tall guy."
This past year Eric watched as he continued to receive letters in the mail from the Big East Champions.
"I got all of their letters this past season and paid very close attention to what they were doing on the field as they won the Big East and played in the Orange Bowl. Cincinnati has all the things you need to have for success and I want to be part of that."
Right now Eric is looking at studying business in college and knows the city of Cincinnati can provide him with some great opportunities after his career is over.