Liberty’s Gough on the Rise

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Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia, already boasts one 2009 class Division 1A football recruit in safety Corey Lillard, who verbally committed to the University of Virginia last month. Head coach Tommy Buzzo feels he has a second 1A level junior, though, in offensive line prospect Kory Gough .

Gough (pronounced Goff) played on both sides of the ball this past season, seeing action at offensive tackle, offensive guard and defensive end. He enjoyed success especially on the defensive end, tallying 37 tackles including 2.5 sacks, but projects as an offensive lineman in college.

“Kory is a very lean 6-6, 255-pound offensive tackle with a tremendous upside,” Buzzo said. “His physical development has really taken off after wrestling season finished. Because of his physical development he is definitely a 1A prospect. Kory tested last week with a 300-pound bench, a 500-pound squat, a 250-pound power clean, a 31-inch vertical and a sub-5.0 40. With these numbers and his physical features, he is going to have a bright future.”

Coach Buzzo has already received positive responses on Gough this Evaluation Period.

“Duke’s coach told me Kory was one of the best offensive linemen they had seen on film so far,” said Buzzo. “Duke and West Virginia are the only 1As that have been to see him so far, but that’s about to change. I’ve received a lot of calls.”

Gough added, “Every coach loves my build, but some want to see more film from my senior year. Some schools want to go to one-day camps. I’m still deciding which ones I’ll go to. I’ll probably go to some 1-A and some 1-AA camps.”

ACC and Big East schools are showing the most interest in Gough. In terms of the in-state 1A programs, University of Virginia coaches are expected to come to Liberty tomorrow and Virginia Tech has yet to come in. Gough does have interest in Virginia and Virginia Tech, schools he followed growing up, but he is interested in any school interested in him.

While Gough is excited about his recent workout, he seems more excited about his senior season. The talented junior feels as though 2008, which will be his fourth season on the varsity level (one season at Battlefield High School and two seasons at Liberty), could be a breakout year.

“I’m going to start at offensive tackle this year, but I played offensive tackle and offensive guard last year,” Gough said. “Moving