FSU Makes the cut for Elite NC Lineman

T.J. Leifheit recently trimmed his list down to his final 5 schools. NoleDigest caught up with the Wilmington, N.C. standout to talk about his trimmed list and to see when he plans on making his decision.

John T. Hoggard standout offensive tackle T.J. Leifheit is one of the top linemen in the southeast for 2010. Schools from all over the nation have offered him, but recently T.J. decided to trim his list to a final 5 due to his desire to graduate early.

"I plan on graduating early so getting down to my final 5 was important so I can get my officials out of the way before I decide in October," explained the 4-star lineman. "It is not locked in that I am graduating but I am planning on it. It's important to me because it will give me the chance to learn the playbook and hopefully get a chance to play early. That is important to me."

Leifheit says that his final 5 schools are North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida State, LSU and USC. All 5 have things in common and all of the schools were visits that stuck in his mind after the spring.

"My top 5 schools are UNC, Tennessee, FSU, LSU and USC," explained Leifheit. "All of these schools made the list because I like the coaches there and I liked the visit I took to these schools over the spring."

"North Carolina made the list because there are 3 former teammates there and I like their coaches," continued Leifheit. "Tennessee made it because I like their QB coach and I had a great visit there. Plus, I like the staff. With FSU I like Coach Trickett and the way he coaches. Coach "Stud" at LSU is great and they have a great tradition. USC is always playing for the national title, they have great tradition and their line coach told me every scholarship lineman he has had has gone on to play in the NFL. That's big."

T.J. made a 2 day visit down to Florida over the spring with his father. He said the visit to FSU was great and that he enjoyed his chance to see what FSU had to offer him.

"Once again I just like the way Coach Trickett coaches his players," said Leifheit. "He is one of the best coaches in the nation and he has a reputation with the NFL of putting tough, hard-nosed players in the league. My father and I enjoyed the visit there, too. We got the chance to watch film and we got the chance to see him and the other coaches work. He is an aggressive coach who gets the best out of his guys. I really like that. Coach Trickett, Coach Fisher and Coach Coley tell me they like how aggressive I am and how I like to finish off my blocks."

T.J. told NoleDigest that fans can expect a decision from him sometime after his officials are completed.

"I've seen what I needed to see so now I just need to find out where I am most comfortable," said the NC product. "I don't have any officials planned but look for a late October decision after my visits are done."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with T.J., as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.

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