Narrowing The Field
June 21st, 2009
has been hunted down by recruiters and journalists a like, so ThaRinger.Com
joined the chase and caught up with the talented lineman to get his thoughts on
the recruiting process and how close he is to ending it.
Great Offensive Tackles don’t come along very often in recruiting. One rare gem is
TJ Leifheit, a 6’7, 315 pound Offensive Tackle from Wilmington, NC.
Leifheit, as talented as he is, still admits that he needs to work on certain
aspects of his game.
“I would say run blocking is my strength,” remarked Leifheit. “But I need to
improve on getting down and playing lower, I played pretty high last season.
Leifheit’s rare skill set leaves college coaches foaming at the mouth, and many
are actively pursuing him, but only a lucky seven schools, out of 33 offers,
made his most recent cut of schools.
“Right now my top seven is, in no particular order, USC, North Carolina, NC
State, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, and Florida State.” Leifheit said.
Though it is widely believed that Butch Davis and North Carolina lead for his
prized services, Leifheit claims that it not the case.
“No everybody’s equal,” Leifheit Said, “I’m looking at everybody the same and
I’m going to evaluate them then go from there.”
Who will be fortunate enough to get a visit from Leifheit?
“I just got back from North Carolina and then I’m going to Florida.” Said Leifheit.
Leifheit wants to find the school that is the right fit, and if that means
staying in state, or going across the country to USC, so be it.
“No not really (any pressure to stay in state).” Leifheit said. “I just want to
find the best fit. It’s not a problem with going across the country. I have
family in Los Angeles.”
Leifheit found the recruiting process stressful at first, but he still insists
that he would rather have the opportunity (to play football in college on a
scholarship) than not.
What would be Leifheit’s ideal college?
“Good education, good coaches, a Pro Style Offense, good facilities, and a good
tradition.” Said Leifheit.
Leifheit is hoping to make his decision sometime in October.
*Photo courtesy of InsideCarolina.Com