Catching Up with Kyle Berger: Junior Day Visit

Alex's picture
January 14, 2013 at 10:12a

2014 Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius LB Kyle Berger was offered a scholarship by Ohio State back in November, right before making a visit to Columbus for The Game.

At the time it was Berger's first offer, but that was quickly followed by an offer from Cincinnati and then a few others. At the time Kyle was high on the Buckeyes and that still has not changed, as he made his second visit to OSU yesterday to see the Buckeyes' beat Michigan for the second time in two months.

  • On this visit: "It was unbelievable. I loved it"
  • Hung out with sevaral Glenville players who also went for the trip down I-71 including Marcelys Jones, Marshon Lattimore, and Eric Smith
  • Itinerary: Luke Fickell took the whole Berger family around the entire day. They first met with Urban Meyer upon arrival for about an hour and then met with an academic advisor. After that they went to the game and afterwards sat down with Fickell, just talking for a while.
  • What the coaches said: "A lot of it was just getting to know each other better, but they also talked about their plans for me. They told me they like me at outside linebacker, either SAM or WILL, and they think I'll grow an inch or two and they'll definitely be putting a lot of weight on me. They also spoke to me a lot about academics and what the day to day life is like being a student-athlete at Ohio State."
  • Decision timeline: "I still am thinking mid-April or early-May. I want to take a couple of other visits to compare other schools to Ohio State."
  • What other visits he may take: "Hopefully Michigan State soon and possibly Tennessee and Stanford."
  • Current offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and West Virginia
  • Said Ohio State is in a really good spot at the top of his list

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Buckeyes125's picture

Hope we get Mr. Burger! This 2014 line backer class is going to be insane!

dancorona5's picture

only 4.99! what a deal!

buck-I.8's picture

As someone with "berger" in their last name, I beg you to not use the incorrect spelling haha

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Sign the kid up... I'm looking forward to the 2014 recruiting class. 

blazers34's picture

no mention of Michigan at all....nice!!

weimerad's picture

So much for all the insiders and bloggers saying that he'll end up at Michigan.  Really?  Good one. 

Rapping Bum's picture

This would be a great, simply because it can establish a relationship with Saint Ignatius.  If you live in Ohio, you're familiar with how strong their program is.  It would've been great to get Bryne from there, this is good start along with Blake Thomas (even though he committed before UFM was hired).  It would be great to make inroads with Ignatius and Eds.

Help is on the way.

TBDBITL0509's picture

Agreed - If you recruit the midwest, Ignatius and Ed's are are the two Cleveland programs with which you want to make sure you're solid. Notre Dame has certainly gotten a few good ones from both schools. Glenville, of course, is also great, but OSU generally has first dibs on that school's prospects. You can't quite say the same on the two Catholic school powers of Cleveland... yet.

stark county buck's picture

Even though those two programs are perennial powers in high school football they aren't stocked with high level division 1 football players.  The elite prospects that they do produce OSU is always in contention for their services. 

buck-I.8's picture

We'll never have a true pipeline in any of the big catholic schools. There are just some kids that come out set on ND. The best we can hope for is to get in with a large number of them with the understanding that they often go elsewhere

GV9's picture

Byrne, yes.  Too bad we couldn't snag him :( 

abrahajc's picture

I saw him play in the Eds/Ignatius game this year.  Doesn't appear to be very big, but has some good speed and rarely misses tackles.  Very high motor and definitiely was Ignatius' best defensive player.  He will need to add weight while maintaining speed.  

allaboutthedubbayous's picture

This is a great kid and a great family.  Don't discount the interest in Stanford and Michigan.  I don't believe Stanford has offered, but ttun has.  
As much as I want it to be, this is not an OSU lock.