JUCO Center Commits to AState

Out of high school, Brandon Berg had a desire to play college football but at 6-feet-2, 220 pounds he did not fit the prototype for a Division I offensive lineman.

“So I walked at NEO, and it has worked out great for me,’’ said Berg, who is now 6-2, 275 pounds.

Berg committed to Arkansas State on Thursday morning, the 24th commitment in the Red Wolves’ 2015 class.

“I had talked with my coaches and my dad and we all felt like it was the right thing to do,’’ he said. “I like Arkansas State and I like the coaches.”

Berg was scouted in person by offensive line coach Glen Elarbee when NEO play at Arkansas Baptist the week before the Red Wolves’ game with Louisiana-Monroe.

“I had not met any of them or talked to them,’’ said Berg. “I knew Arkansas State was coming because my coaches told me. At first I was a little nervous but I just went out and played.”

He said he expects to graduate from Northeast Oklahoma Community College in December and will enroll in January in Jonesboro.

“That was my plan all along was to get out in a year and half,’’ he said. “And it looks like I am going to reach it.”

Berg, who played high school at Tulsa Union, said he has not visited Jonesboro yet but will on Nov. 15 for the Appalachian State game.

Center became a priority this season with the loss of junior Bryce Giddens and starter Tyler Greve a senior.