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Back on November 3rd, the University of Virginia became the first Division 1A program to extend a scholarship offer to hard-hitting safety Corey Lillard . The Liberty High School (Bealeton, VA) standout junior, who has added three more 1A offers since then, certainly remembers receiving the offer from head coach Al Groh.

“When Coach Groh first told me that he was offering, I was like ‘wow’. I never thought I’d be able to play Division 1 football. I was just excited,” said the 5-11, 190-pound Lillard, who has also been offered by Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State. In addition, he is drawing serious interest from Connecticut, Maryland, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, among others.

Lillard has made multiple trips to the University of Virginia and was in attendance for Sunday’s junior day.

“Instead of giving brief things about education, they gave a more in-depth look at the education they offer,” Lillard said. “They took us on a tour of the campus and the facilities. We went to the basketball game. I had never been to a college basketball game before. I’ve only been to the Liberty High School basketball games. When they turned off the lights for the pre-game introductions, it was amazing.

“I talked with mainly all of the coaches. I talked to [Defensive Backs Coach] Steve Bernstein. I was asking about the coverages they use and things like that. I like him a lot. He seems laid back.”

Virginia has made a positive impression on Lillard, who is hoping to make his college choice before the start of his senior season. He does plan to check out more schools, especially the ones that have offered.

“I love Virginia,” Lillard said. “I’m looking at them pretty hard. I still want to check out UNC and N.C. State, but UVa is right down the road. It is only an hour away. A reason why I like them so much is the location.”

Lillard grew up a fan of Virginia Tech. Where would the Hokies stand if an offer came through?

“I was a Tech fan, but I wouldn’t say I was a big Tech fan,” Lillard said. “I couldn’t tell right now where they would be if they offered. They might be low because it has been so long since I’ve seen them. They’ve got a lot of competition right now. It would be pretty hard to choose them over somewhere I’ve been many, many times, like UVa.”

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