Texas Linebacker Keeping Options Opened

Jeff Bereuter committed to Oklahoma State last May. However, he never concealed his desire to explore other possibilities. Following his trip to the Cowboys last weekend, the linebacker decided to take two more official visits. The Sun Devils were his first stop, and he talked to Devils Digest Sunday night about his excursion.

"I'm real glad I came out there and checked it out," said the 6-3 208 Jeff Bereuter. "I toured the campus, I got to meet (Defensive Coordinator) Bill Miller and some other people. I was hosted by Andrew Carnahan." The linebacker, who plays for Macarthur school in Irving, Tex. is being recruited by defensive line coach Ted Monachino.

Bereuter remarked that Arizona State is recruiting him as a SAM linebacker (i.e. strong side), and proceeded to describe his skills. "I play with good leverage, and I was told that by Coach Miller," he said. "I play good pass coverage, and I match up well one-on-one with a tight end. I'm also good in blitzing. A lot of coaches see me as a versatile player that can play in a lot of different spots."

"I have to get faster (listed as a 4.7 runner)," Bereuter continued. "In high school I was fast enough to cover other players, but in college I have to get faster. I'm also undersized and need to add 20-30 pounds." As a junior, the linebacker tallied 97 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries for the Cardinals. Season stats for his senior year have not yet been published.

When choosing a school, the linebacker's list of priorities is a natural one. "The town itself, how will I like the program most importantly football wise, but also how will I like the school socially and academically. I'm looking for the place where I will have to most success at."

When asked to compare the environment at Oklahoma State and Arizona State, he was quick to point out how both locals were totally different. "They both have good things," he commented. "Oklahoma State is more of a shut-down on Saturday college town, and Arizona State is more like where I'm from, a suburb of a big city, and there's lot of things going on."

Will staying close to home be a factor for him? "It's not a big deal for me," he claimed. "My mom does want to see me play, but like she told Coach Monachino – whatever is best for me she will support my decision. She won't hold me back going far away from home, if that's' what I choose to do."

Macarthur finished 9-2 this season, and one of its losses was to Euless Trinity high school, and their running back Dimitri Nance, who's a Sun Devil commit. Bereuter is definitely one player that can appreciate Nance's skills. "I played against him the last two years," he recalled, "and each game it was for the district title. We know each other pretty well (laughs). He's a great running back, and doesn't get the credit he deservers because he plays behind such a huge offensive line. He's the most powerful running back I've played against in high school. You really have to keep your feet running if you wanna tackle him."

So, with a commitment and an official visit to Oklahoma State, a trip to ASU, and another future trip, how would he describe the status of his recruitment? "I'm still committed to Okalahoma State," he replied. "I'm still gonna visit Texas Tech next weekend, sit down with my family, and see what's in my best interests." He confirmed that the Cowboys know of his intentions of visiting other schools, and that he does consider his recruitment open-ended.

The linebacker is academically qualified, but would like to take the ACT again to improve his score.

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