Leifheit and Stud stay in touch

Leifheit has interest from coast to coast

The LSU staff is hitting the East Coast hard in search of prospects for the 2010 class. Offensive tackle is a need, and Wilmington, N.C. is home to one of the nation's best in T.J. Leifheit. Where do the Tigers stand with the 6-foot-7, 320-pound John Hoggard High prospect?

T.J. Leifheit took in the LSU campus for the first time in late March, leaving with the Tigers high on his list of teams to beat.

With spring workouts in motion, the junior standout remains on top of the staff’s wish list.


“Coach (Don) Yanowsky came out to see me recently, and I just did some weight lifting and stuff like that,” Leifheit said. “He told my coach that they were still really liking what I bring to the table, so things are going smooth.”


Building a relationship with his offensive line coach will go a long way in determining where he ends up.


Good news for LSU.


“Coach Stud and I talk about once a week now,” he stated. “We get along really great. We talk about how things look at LSU as well as off the field stuff.


“We can talk on any level, so I think LSU is a good fit in terms of the coaches.”


While the summer might not see the nation’s No. 38 ranked offensive tackle return to Baton Rouge, he said that the fall will hold an official visit.


“I think I am going to trim down my schools soon and then take some visits in the fall,” he said. “LSU will definitely be one of the teams that I keep after I make my cuts, because a lot of things just fit. I can say that I am really interested.”


With visions of playing early, the Tigers’ lack of depth hit home with the prospect on his visit.


“Coach Stud had told me that they were short on guys, but I saw it with my own eyes,” said Leifheit. “They worked through the spring with just 11 guys, so they need some young guys to step in.


“[Coach Stud] told me that he has the linemen over all the time to cookout and stuff, so I think the family atmosphere would fit me well.”


With over 25 offers, when will Leifheit make the final call?


“I think that I will decide in October, which is about midway through my season and after all of my visits,” he said. “My big offers are LSU, Tennessee, USC and North Carolina, so I have a lot to think about.


“Ohio State is talking a lot to me recently as well, and if they offer then things could really heat up,” he added. “Duke and Wake Forest are coming through and talking to me a lot too, so I will just have to feel it all out as the time goes by.”

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