Amato making a strong push for Liuget

Corey Liuget is one of the top players in the state of Florida this year. NoleDigest caught up with his coach, Marc Berman, for a quick update to discuss the latest details on the recruitment of his star prospect. Liuget, who is a commitment to Illinois, has made several visits this month and has hosted several coaches for in-home visits. Coach Berman talks about this and much more.

Although Liuget has remained a commitment to the Fighting Illini since October, it hasn't stopped him from making visits and hosting coaches on in-home visits. Coach Berman said, "He just got back from his trip to Rutgers. He had a good visit there and overall had a good time. His visit to Ohio State got pushed to the last weekend in January. That'll be his last visit and I think he'll make it known after that where he going."

Along with several of the top players in the state of Florida, Liuget was in Lakeland, FL getting ready to play in the North-South All-Star game. As it stands right now, Coach Berman says this may not be the last All-Star game we see Corey play. "Corey was up in Lakeland this week and he did really well. I'm upset he didn't make the Army game because he dominated their combine in Georgia. He told me he got a call about playing in the ESPN game. He just got information about that so I don't know the details yet. It looks as though he may be playing in that game though," stated Coach Berman.

With all of these visits being made, some wonder where he stands with his commitment. While Coach Berman doesn't know the full details of what Corey is thinking, he says, "My impression is that it is pretty soft. When he committed he was pretty firm that it was the place for him to go, but I'm not real sure. Each school is making their push and we'll see what happens after the holidays. I think this may come down to the last couple weeks."

One school that's been pressing for Liuget is Florida State. Chuck Amato, who has been the primary coach recruiting Liuget, has done a great job and Berman said it has paid off so far. He said, "Coach Amato was here last week visiting the school. After the holidays I think Coach Bowden is coming in for an in-home visit. Coach Amato is a first class recruiter and FSU still has a definite shot. Amato is one of the finest coaches when it comes to recruiting and you never know what he'll pull out of his hat. He is good at what he does."

While nothing has really changed since his visit to FSU, one school that has gotten into the thick of things has been the hometown Hurricanes. Throughout the process Corey has expressed a yearning to get out of the Miami area, but Coach Berman says he is giving the Hurricanes a shot. "Miami is in hard on Corey. They are trying to get in there. With the Northwestern kids Corey has known them growing up with all of them and they've talked to him some. But we'll see where that goes."

For Corey the decision is still a month away, and according to his coach it looks as though that is when the school for Liuget will pull away from the pack. Will it be Illinois or another team that lands the 15th ranked defensive end in the nation? That question is still up for grabs and it looks as though Corey may be as open as ever. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Corey and Coach Berman and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.

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