Leifheit Sticking to His Plan

Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, T.J. Leifheit says he is nowhere close to making a verbal commitment.

"To be honest with you, I have no idea where that came from," Leifheit said. "I haven't committed anywhere. I'm going to commit in October. I've still got 10 or 15 visits I've got to make."

Leifheit, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, says he hasn't, and doesn't plan to, deviate from his initial plan – spend the spring and summer visiting schools, narrow his list of options to five schools by the end of the summer, take his five official visits, verbally commit in October, and enroll in January.

Furthermore, Leifheit doesn't cite any favorite schools.

"I'm still pretty open right now," Leifheit said.

Leifheit attended Sunday's North Carolina-Duke basketball game in Chapel Hill. He has attended four UNC basketball games total, but Sunday was his first opportunity to see the UNC-Duke rivalry in-person.

"It was a huge difference [from a regular UNC game]," Leifheit said. "Just the atmosphere there – everybody was going crazy. After every point [and] every rebound everybody was going nuts. It was probably one of the craziest games I've been to."

During the game, Leifheit transformed from a recruit to a fan.

"I was cheering for Carolina," Leifheit said. "I like Carolina basketball."

Typically when he attends a UNC basketball game, Leifheit sits with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach. But not Sunday, as Pittman was out of town.

Before heading home, Leifheit spoke with Charlie Williams, who recruits Leifheit's area.

"We just talked about UNC and how it would be a good opportunity for me to come there and play," Leifheit said.

With Sunday's visit, Leifheit has now unofficially visited UNC seven times.

"It's definitely going to help me with my decision," he said. "I really like North Carolina, right now. I've been there so many times I just feel pretty comfortable when I go up there."

Leifheit plans to return to UNC for its Spring Game on March 28. He also plans to attend spring practices at Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. During the first week in April, he will unofficially visit Clemson, Florida State, and Tennessee.

Although no plans have been established, Leifheit said he also plans to make visits to Arkansas, Boston College, California, and Texas Tech.

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