"My dad has a very busy work schedule, so we couldn't work it out to get there on Sunday," Leffler said. "This is my first visit to West Virginia, so I want to make sure I can see as much as I can, and learn everything I can."
That agenda includes academics as well as athletics for Leffler, who has interest from schools ranging from Rutgers and West Virginia to the Ivy League.
"Academics is a big part of choosing a school for me. I know I have to prepare for life after football. I'm not sure what I'm going to major in yet, maybe something in the business or economics field, but I want to make sure the school has those things that I want. I just want to get a good feel for the campus and the coaches."
Leffler has already made trips to Temple, Rutgers, and Northwestern, and will visit Miami (Ohio) after his jaunt to WVU. He isn't ready to name leaders or rank favorites yet, because he doesn't want to cloud the process as he gathers information on his schools of interest. He does have offers from the Mountaineers and Red Hawks, along with Temple, Tulane and Army, and expects to get more as his senior season plays out at The Hun School, an outstanding private school in terms of both academics and athletics.
"We went 9-0 last year, and I want to focus on doing what's best for the team again this year," Leffler noted.
His determination to take the recruiting process one step at a time, and remain in control of it, is somewhat rare in today's rush-ahead world, but that sort of approach most often yields good results. He has not committed himself to a timetable for making a decision, but once he has gathered enough information, he will begin trimming his list and thinking about a choice.
"After I see the schools I want to, I might set a decision date," he confirmed.