COMMITTED: Catching Up with Kyle Berger

By Miles Joseph on April 11, 2013 at 5:00p

As April rolls along, the commitments keep rolling in.

Berger is the newest addition to the '14 class

The latest player to pledge to the Buckeyes is Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger.

The 6-3/205 linebacker tallied 44 tackles for loss to go along with 10 sacks in his breakout junior season.

Berger became the seventh member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class after choosing the Bucks over Michigan and a host of other schools including Arkansas, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, and West Virginia.

The Cleveland native has been to Columbus on multiple recruiting trips, but ultimately decided Ohio State was the right place for him a couple of weekends ago during his most recent visit.

We caught up with Berger to find out what led him to committing to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Keep reading to learn more about the newest Buckeye, Kyle Berger.

You committed to Ohio State Monday. Why did you choose the Buckeyes?

Originally I was planning on committing in May or so. However, when I had my visit to Ohio State a couple of weeks ago, I fell in love with the school. I talked to Blake Thomas (Buckeye TE and a former high school teammate of Berger's) and a few other guys and they said I would know when a school feels right for me. I though about it over spring break and decided I was ready to commit to OSU.

How did you commit to the coaches? How did Coach Meyer react?

I messaged Coach Fickell on Twitter and told him I was going to be calling him after school. I called him and gave him the news. He was very excited and then he told me he was going to put Coach Meyer on the phone. Coach Meyer came out of a meeting and I told him I was committing. He was really happy and told me I had made his month. I also heard him yelling to people that I had committed.

Why did you choose Ohio State over Michigan?

The big reason was the closeness to home. Both Ohio State and Michigan have good programs and good coaching staffs as well. I just feel Coach Meyer has a better chance of leading his team to a national title.

What's up with the Coach Hoke calling you "Alex" story?

I was walking out of a meeting with all of the Michigan coaches. My dad and I were talking to Coach Mattison when we were walking out and I heard Coach Hoke say something like, "See ya, Alex. Thanks for coming!" Coach Heck and Coach Mattison immediately realized Coach Hoke's mistake and started talking to me and my dad. I'm not sure Coach Hoke noticed the mistake he had made right away. I tried not to factor this into my decision.

Do you have good relationships with the other commits? Are you guys recruiting for the class?

Actually the night I committed, the seven of us started a group message on our phones. I'm getting to know them all really well. I already knew Kyle Trout and Sam Hubbard. I've been texting them a lot the past couple of weeks.

We divided up the players we're going to recruit to OSU. I already texted Chase Winovich and I'm planning on contacting Dante Booker in the near future.

Will you be attending the spring game this weekend?

I'm having surgery to repair a hernia Friday so I won't be at the spring game. The doctor told me that I should be able to start lifting about four weeks after surgery.

Describe your relationship with Coach Meyer and Coach Fickell.

I have a really good relationship with both of them. I talk to Coach Fickell almost every day and Coach Meyer about once a week. We know each other pretty well, so we just talk about non-football things and how I would be used in their defense.

What do you have to say to Buckeye Nation?

I'm ready to come in and give it my all and help Coach Meyer win another crystal ball. I can't wait to get to Columbus and work my butt off on the football field.


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theobi's picture

"We divided up the players we're going to recruit to OSU."
I like this. I like this a lot.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Probably the only Berger that Hoke has ever let slip through his grasp.

LexingtonBuckeye's picture

If I could upvote this, I would. Well played.

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buckeye85's picture

This kid brings a lot of intensity on the field.  He is a great downhill rusher and always seems to be involved in the play.  Another thing I really like, is when he gets taken out of the play he continues to pursue until he catches the ball-carrier.  He looks very quick and is able to run people down from behind.  I'm looking forward to seeing him in the S&G

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Buckabroad's picture

"I can't wait to get to Columbus and work my butt off on the football field."
Oh yeah, this kid certainly is a Buckeye.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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DaytonBuckeye4life's picture

Buckeye born Buckeye bred now Buckeye commit nothing better he should be a good one

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Hayze's picture

You know what I've wondered. These recruits talk about recruiting other players. I'd bet that those players aren't random and they are players the staff tells them to recruit. Could be an inside look at who the staff is really targeting hard.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Sounds like this is another kid with great core values.  Congrats Kyle!  You have the makings of a fan favorite.  Now get your butt in the weight room when your Doc says you can!

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osu07asu10's picture

Dont you mean Alex Berger? Right Brady?

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FitzBuck's picture

It wasnt when hoke called him Alex that turned him away from UM so much as Hoke licking his arm and saying now that's a good Burger.  

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buckeyedude's picture

If "Alex" looked like a "burger," what did Denard look like?



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WC Buckeye's picture

Mmm-mmmm. That is a tasty burger. Vincent, ever have a Big Spooner Burger?

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sharks's picture

I like that the UM assistants realized what a mistake it was as soon as Hoke said it...
Anyway, congrats to the kid from the second best Catholic program in the CLE area.

A man got to have a code...

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salberico's picture

Child please. Second best? Ed's wished they had 11 state football titles.

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Triv's picture

Not Catholic, but Mentor showed them both who really owns Cleveland in the playoffs ;)

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

ODEEZ330's picture

Coach meyer has better chance at a natty than hoke. Thank you now tell jabril n the scum fans that

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Poison nuts's picture

The thing I really like about this class so far is that there isn't one player that I would worry about decommitting. They all seem super solid as well as being great players & good kids. Welcome Kyle!

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MN Buckeye's picture

Agreed, POISON.  The fact that they set up a messaging group to stay connected is a great thing, as well as thinking about helping with targeted recruiting.  Good kids and good values.
Seems like Trout is there every weekend.  Give that boy his own recruiting room at the Woody.

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LexingtonBuckeye's picture

As far as the commits recruiting for the rest of the class, I see it as a major upside and only solidifies their chances of staying committed. I can't recall where I read this article, but I thought it was interesting. Basically, the article spoke about how if you can get someone else to do you a favor, they are subconsciously going to like you more and  be more committed to you. These commits actively recruiting seems like an application of that principle to me. Go Bucks.

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osu07asu10's picture

I would have to disagree regarding Jones. I believe he has visited louisville and ucla since committing. In the end I think he will be a buckeye but he's far from 100%

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BuckSince79's picture

I think Jones has turned the corner when it comes to enjoying the recruiting process to its fullest.  Seems like over the last week or two, he has straightened up and realized the value of the offer and opportunity given to him by OSU.  Almost seems like he got a call from the coaches to get his act together or he really will be visiting other schools to find a place to play football.  Not a twitter guy, but doesn't seem like there is much activity coming from his account these days.  Also he has been up to OSU a few times recently bonding with teammates and recruiting for the good guys.  Just my take.

osu07asu10's picture

That's good stuff. I don't put too much in players twitter accounts and it was a little over two weeks ago that he visited Louisville. I hardly think he is going rogue in his recruiting process and I don't think he is in jeopardy. Both of his visits were unofficial so on his own dime, which to me shows that he has at least some interest in the schools he has visited since committing. Also according to 247, Jones has not visited ohio state recently, where they have Trout visiting often, like stated above.
Again, I think he will end up a buckeye but I don't think he's pounding the recruiting trail for the buckeyes either 

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tdible2132's picture

That is false. 247 is wrong. Last weekend at student appreciation day Marcelys was at OSU and he had a really good rapport with not only the coaches but current players and fellow recruits. Honestly if I knew nothing about recruiting when I went to that practice, Of all the players there I would of thought he was the most solid Buckeye commit there was. And that's considering the fact that D Webb, K Trout, and P Campbell Jr were all there too. I have no worries about Marcelys and it was clear to me that he is recruiting for OSU. He was mingling heavily with guys like Kitt and Peppers.

BuckSince79's picture

Thanks for confirming, I was pretty positive I read he was just at OSU as you mentioned.

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osu07asu10's picture

And just curious...if you've been a "bucksince79" and you were at student appreciation day...

Is that you Waugh??

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osu07asu10's picture

That is great that he gets along with uncommitted recruits. At one time, Kyle Kalis once said that he was going to be the Michael Brewster of his class and now he plays for scUM.
I'm going off of what he has done in terms of visiting other schools since his commitment. Again,  I think he is still a solid buckeye but he has visited two schools since committing, paying his way to visit both, so there was some interest on his part. That speaks more to me than his twitter account or who he was hanging out with at student appreciation day.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

At one time, Kyle Kalis once said that

you could almost write a book with this as the title.  However, it has been proven that quite a bit of what he has said about college football has been proven to be pure bull dung.
Kyle Kalis sporting the socks and sandals on the right, obviously skipping lower body lifting days, while fellow UM OL Erik Magnuson sports the Hill Billy/ Deliverance look skipping all lifting days.


GoBucksToledo's picture

Would be nice if he ramped up his efforts in recruiting Marshon Lattimore and got him in the fold soon.

FROMTHE18's picture

Dude sounds like an awesome addition to the family. Impressed with his film, even more impressed with his responses and some of the other tid bits ive been reading about him...stoked Alex Kyle, is a Buckeye! 

tussey's picture

I love his reason for becoming a Buckeye.  Closeness to home... and the fact that we are closer to winning a national title. 

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ArizonaBuckeye's picture

"....I just feel Coach Meyer has a better chance of leading his team to a national title."
Intelligent young man.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

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Hovenaut's picture

That's it, that is it right there.

Welcome aboard, Kyle.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Miles, should the third paragraph read "44 tackles for loss to go along with 10 sacks" ?

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CC's picture

I was thinking the same thing.  44 tackles should be about 4 games for a HS LB going to OSU.

GoBucksToledo's picture

And that is against the traditionally tough schedule that Ignatius plays, so not too many gimmees there.

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Rapping Bum's picture


Help is on the way.

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b_pbucksfans's picture

The Domers can keep Byrne. He never showed much interest in OSU and his size is more guard/center. OSU has better prospects interested ala Jones, Prince, Smith, Brown Jr. and Quentin Nelson to name a few and 2 JUCO's with us high on their list. 

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great to hear that Kyle is a part of Buckeye Nation!  Welcome aboard Kyle!  Glad to have you.  OSU fans love hard working players and it sounds like from everything I've heard that you'll fit right into that mold!
I love how the class is shaping up too.  We're getting some really good defensive players already in this group.  I think OSU is primed to have a Top 5 defense or better in the nation for a long time to come! 
Let's go Bucks!!

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harleymanjax's picture

I'm so ready for some football I'm actually watching a replay of the Alabama vs LSU game from 2008 on CSS right now!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What cracks me up about all of this - the common theme of Meyer yelling, screaming, and getting excited each time a top recruit commits to Ohio State.  This is a man who is absolutely home and loving his life and his job!!! It is great to be a Buckeye!!!

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Berger, "I just feel Coach Meyer has a better chance of leading his team to a National Title."
NO RECRUIT has said or will say that about Hoke until he has TWO, like Urban.

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Brutus' Left Nut's picture

If Hoke ever has two national championships, either (i) Urban would have already been retired for a few years with 10 national titles or (ii) there will be pigs (other than Hoke) flying.

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MuraliPatel's picture

Or it would be Meyer being merciful and giving him a Video Coordinator job on staff.

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Or they will be in competitive eating

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BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Of all the things that have made me semi successful at my career, the cheapest is calling people by their name. Way to go Coach Hock. 


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WC Buckeye's picture

"There are few sounds so sweet as the sound of one's own name being uttered correctly, and few so bitter as one's being called by the wrong name" - a great old friend and mentor of mine.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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BTBuckeye's picture

" I just feel Coach Meyer has a better chance of leading his team to a national title."

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buckeyestu's picture

Welcome to the good guys kyle.

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