IU Offer - and Decision - Coming for Sliger?

Bloomington, Ind. – Saturday's wintry weather mix didn't keep IU football recruiting target Nick Sliger away from the Hoosiers' spring football game. Now it appears the 6-3, 290-pouind defensive tackle is strongly considering coming back – for a four-year stay.

Bloomington, Ind. – Saturday's wintry weather mix didn't keep IU football recruiting target Nick Sliger away from the Hoosiers' spring football game. Now it appears the 6-3, 290-pouind defensive tackle is strongly considering coming back – for a four-year stay.

Indications are the IU staff is very close to offering the Hamilton Southeastern H.S. standout, and a decision could come soon afterwards.

"They are coming up Wednesday," said Sliger, who added he expects an IU offer to come during the visit. "I'll probably take (the offer) really highly. I'll probably come down to visit the school and hang out with the coaches a little more and make sure it's the right decision."

There's plenty for Indiana to like about Sliger, who said he's also been getting interest from Georgia Tech and Louisville, among others. A Bloomington Herald Times' Junior All-State selection, Sliger had 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries a year ago.

"(Indiana) was really interested in me once they looked at my film," Sliger said. "They said I'm someone who never gave up and kept working and didn't quit."

The combination of his non-stop motor along with his size has made Sliger a high priority for the IU coaches, and potentially the only defensive tackle they'll sign in this year's class. A year ago the Hoosiers signed three defensive tackles - Kevin Burrus, Jeff Boyd and Eric Thomas – making it a spot they won't target as heavily in the 2008 class.

"They said they are only looking for one guy in my spot," Sliger said.

While Sliger might be exactly what the Hoosier staff is looking for in the '08 class at the defensive tackle position, IU has much of what Sliger is looking for as well. He said he's planning on majoring in criminology, and the proximity of the Bloomington campus is a big plus.

"(If I went to Indiana) My family could come down and see me more," Sliger said. "The Georgia Techs and Iowas, they'd have to travel a ways to get there and see me. It would be a hassle for them. Plus, I've always liked Indiana, and I've always wanted to get recruited by them and get an offer to play there."

That offer will likely come Wednesday, and the wait might not be long for Sliger to come to a verdict.

"I want to have my decision made so I can relax and focus on my senior season and on where I'm going to go to school after high school, get to know the coaches and get a little bit of a head start," Sliger said.

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