UNC in Good Shape with Leifheit

With the assistance of several unofficial visits, T.J. Leifheit plans to narrow his list of 25-plus scholarship offers to six schools within the month. Five of the six slots are wide open, while one has already been claimed.

"If I had to say there's one school that was definitely a lock it would be UNC," Leifheit said. "Coach [Sam] Pittman and I have an outstanding relationship. We talk three or four times a week for about a half hour at a time. But I've just developed such a great relationship, I've been there so many times, I have teammates up there, and it's close to home."

Leifheit, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, has visited Duke, Florida State, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Tennessee, UCLA, and Wake Forest.

Through his visit experiences, Leifheit is slowly seeing his favorites list materialize.

"Schools are starting to emerge a little bit, but I still don't have a top five or anything, yet," Leifheit said. "[The schools] are still pretty much all equal right now. "North Carolina is a school that's definitely sticking out. … [Coach Pittman] was down here to see me last Monday.

"And Southern Cal [is sticking out]. Their offensive line coach was telling me every [offensive lineman] he's had on scholarship since he's been there has played in the NFL – that's pretty powerful information.

"Probably, Tennessee [is among the schools that is sticking out]. I like Tennessee. When I visited, it was nice up there."

Leifheit doesn't have any future recruiting visits scheduled. But, he is likely to take a few trips over the summer.

"I'd like to visit Ohio State," Leifheit said. "They were just at my school the other day. I'm hoping they're going to offer me a scholarship, but that's a school I'd like to visit."

Ohio State was Leifheit's favorite team growing up. However, he says that will factor little into his recruitment.

"I'm going to look at every school that offers me a scholarship," Leifheit said, "and sit down, evaluate, [and] talk about it with my family.

"If [Ohio State] offers, I'm not just going to spring and commit. I'm going to thoroughly evaluate all of my options.

After narrowing his list to six schools, Leifheit will focus on taking his official visits.

Leifheit, who will graduate from high school in December and enroll at his chosen school in January, is still shooting for an October/November verbal commitment.

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