Continuing Process

New Jersey linebacker Brian Leffler got a bit of a royal tour when he made an unofficial visit to West Virginia prior to the start of fall practice.

Leffler was one of only a couple players on campus for the fall "dead week" between summer conditioning and the opening of fall football practice, so although he didn't get to meet with any players, he did get a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches and other WVU personnel.

"That was really a lot better than being there with a lot of other people," Leffler said after returning home from his trip to the Mountaineer campus. "I learned a lot more than I would have been able to if there had been a crowd there. I was able to ask a lot of questions about the defense, and that gave me a better idea of what it would be like to play at West Virginia."

Leffler, who combines an analytical mind with a rough and tumble style of play, was interested in learning more about WVU's 3-3-5 defense and his place as a linebacker in it. So, he got to sit down with defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel for an extended period to pose his queries.

"I had a lot of questions about the scheme, because I've only seen it on TV," he said. "But after talking with Coach Casteel, I learned that it is similar to the 3-4 we run at The Hun School. You line up differently, but there is a lot of similarity in how we blitz and drop into coverage out of it. But is' similar because of how we blitz and drop into coverage.

"Getting to spend that time with Coach Casteel was cool. He is really passionate about what he does. He loves to work and he loves to win, and I think that West Virginia's success on defense reflects on a lot on him and the job he does as the defensive coordinator."

Although Leffler had what he termed an excellent visit, he is not ready to make a commitment yet. He is approaching the recruiting process carefully and with a great deal of attention to academics as well as athletics, and will likely take most, if not all, of his official visits.

"I haven't decided n all of my visits yet, but I will probably take an official to West Virginia for a game, and maybe to Miami of Ohio. I'm also interested in Yale and the University of Pennsylvania too. Recruiting will probably quiet down a little bit for me now until I start taking visits during the season.

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