Leifheit Aims to Decide Next Month

T.J. Leifheit made yet another visit to North Carolina last weekend, attending UNC's victory over in-state rival East Carolina.

"It seemed liked a good game to go to and I have a lot of friends on the team so I just wanted to see them play," Leifheit said.

In addition to several visits over the spring and summer, Leifheit, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, has attended both of UNC's home games this year. He'll be back in Chapel Hill for the weekend of Oct. 10, which will be his official visit.

"I talked to the coaches and they all seemed to like that weekend, because they have the bye week the next week," Leifheit said. "They'll have a lot of extra time to spend with me, because they won't have as many meetings Sunday as they would on a game week. I like the idea of being able to spend a lot more time with them."

Hoggard plays cross-town rival Wilmington (N.C.) Laney the Friday before his UNC official trip. Almost immediately following the game, he will head to Chapel Hill. Since his official visit will begin so late Friday night, he'll be able to remain on campus until late Sunday.

Leifheit warns not to look too much into all the visits to UNC.

"Right now, I still have my top schools and I'm going to take my official visits and go from there," Leifheit said.

Leifheit is down to UNC, Southern Cal, and Tennessee. He says he doesn't have a "clear cut leader" and that all three schools are recruiting him equally as hard.

During the weekend of Sept. 12, Leifheit visited Tennessee for his first official visit.

"[The Tennessee visit] was awesome," Leifheit said. "I had an outstanding time. The official visit definitely helped them out a lot."

Leifheit is still in the planning stages for his Southern Cal official visit.

Towards the end of October, Leifheit believes he'll be ready to make a verbal commitment.

Although it won't be the determining factor, playing time will play a major role in Leifheit's collegiate decision.

"[Sam Pittman] has talked to me a lot about having a legitimate shot at playing time and possibly starting as a freshman," Leifheit said. "Playing time is a pretty big factor."

Leifheit has started at offensive tackle for Hoggard since his sophomore season. Thus far this season, he's grading out at 97-percent on his blocking.

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