As it is for most competitive athletes, the summer months have been busy for Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child tight end Liam Soraghan.
In the month of June, Soraghan hit various college football camps, including one at Western Michigan, and ended up landing an offer from Northern Illinois along the process. Soraghan, who is now committed to the Huskies’ program, is busier than most since he’s juggling an offseason basketball schedule too.
Soraghan, who stands 6-foot-7 and 240-pounds, attended the Reaching Higher boys’ basketball camp for the top-100 players in the state of Michigan on Wednesday, and the Northern Illinois commit spoke about his experience at the event.
“At today’s camp I was just looking to enjoy myself playing basketball against the top players in the state and to improve on my ability to get others involved in the game,” he told Today’s U.
Playing forward at the camp, Soraghan showed a willingness to mix it up in the paint and get physical when boxing players out. He’s a spirited defender and gives his all when travelling up and down the court in transition.
“I would say that I had about a B-plus performance,” Soraghan said. “I played well in the scrimmages and did well in the stations. The one thing I think I could have done better overall was be more aggressive on the glass.”
Like most teams across the state, Divine Child is aiming to take home a victory in the state championship game for its upcoming basketball season. Soraghan says this is possible, as the team should build off the conficence and experience of a successful season in 2015-16.
“Our main goal for the season is to win hardware in the state tournament,” Soraghan said. “We are coming off a great season last year at 17-6, but we have nothing to show for it because we lost in our district. As a team, we want to make a memorable run in the playoffs with the mentality that we need to play as a team and be the hardest working team on the floor.”
If these factors can fall into place, Divine Child should be in line for another playoff appearance. To help make that a reality, Soraghan has been working diligently to build continuity and chemistry over the offseason months.
“I have been spending a lot of time with my teammates on both teams and building relationship with them on and off the court and field,” he said. “My regular day consists of football lifting and conditioning in the morning and playing 2-3 games in the evenings.”
According to 247Sports.com, Soraghan is listed as a three-star recruit and the No. 49 player in the state of Michigan for the 2017 cycle. Since he is gaining recognition for his play on the basketball court as well, Soraghan touched on the possibility of playing both sports in college.
“I haven’t really thought about playing both,” Soraghan said. “I have met the head basketball coach a few times (he is a longtime friend of my uncle) and like his style of coaching. If the opportunity came for me too play both sports I would seriously consider it.”
With around a month as a committed prospect to Northern Illinois, Soraghan says he has already started to develop relationships with a couple other future Huskies’ players.
“After I committed I have been in contact with Rodney Hall and Micheal Kennedy over Twitter DMs,” Soraghan said. “We have started to build a close relationship that will only help us when we start playing together. I have been reaching out to some other commits and have starting building relationships with them as well. All of us are looking forward to finishing up our senior year on a high note and working hard to compete at the college level.”
Hall is a dual-threat quarterback from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech and Michael Kennedy is a running back from Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel.