Sliger Hopes to Go From Mail To Offers

Notre Dame received verbal commitments from two Indiana players this week, receiver John Goodman from Fort Wayne, and center Braxton Cave from nearby Mishawaka. Though the Hoosier state is not considered a hotbed for football talent, the Irish have their eye on a couple other players including defensive tackle Nick Sliger from Fishers, Ind.

They're not the only school.

Nick Sliger is receiving letters from Notre Dame, and Iowa, where he has taken unofficial visits. Georgia Tech and Louisville are also flooding the mailbox. Sliger has attended junior days at Indiana and Purdue as well. He is looking for his first offer.

Another productive season at Hamilton Southeastern, and Sliger won't be looking for long. At nose tackle, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound junior recorded 70 tackles, including six sacks, with five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two batted balls.

"I'm pretty fast off the line, and I'm good with my feet," Sliger said. "We do a hop technique down here, where we are head up with the center, and as soon as he snaps the ball, we are hopping into whatever gap is called and grabbing the back of his shoulder pads and pulling him by you so he can't block you. About 95 percent of the time I get the job done."

Sliger's talents were on display at the U.S. Army National Combine in January, going against some of the country's top juniors. Sliger bench pressed 185 an impressive 20 times. He ran a 5.44 40-yard dash, had a wingspan of 78.25 inches and a reach of 94.5 inches.

"That was pretty fun," Sliger said. "There was a lot of good kids there. I thought I matched up pretty good, at least in the top 20 at my position."

Sliger was in South Bend this past season for the Notre Dame-Stanford game, his first ever time on campus.

"They kicked some butt," Sliger said. "It was really good. They had nice buildings and a wonderful beautiful campus. The players walk from the (Basilica) to the football field was really cool.

"I've always wanted to play at Notre Dame, and they have a wonderful school."

Sliger thought Iowa's campus was impressive when he went their for the Northwestern game.

"Their campus was right there next to the football field right in one big area," Sliger said. "Their fans get into it really good there."

Sliger also had nice things to say about the two in-state schools.

"Indiana was pretty good. They are redoing there whole stadium so they have a lot going in over the next couple years. We got to walk around campus and see a basketball game.

"Purdue was pretty cool," Sliger said. "They are getting a whole new weight room and they have that indoor facility."

Sliger said he would like to see offers come from Notre Dame, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Duke. He will try and improve his stock at the upcoming Nike Combine in West Lafayette, and the camp in Cincinnati.

Then Sliger will maybe move from some team's B list to their A list. Top Stories