“After talking with my grandpa and family members, I decided it was the right spot for me,” said the three-star heavy hitter who had also received an offer from Idaho and was expecting to hear something soon from Washington State. “They just told me that they really like the coaches and that they know I’ll be happy and taken care of and have a big impact on the Broncos defense.”
Having a big impact is something upon which Berger prides himself. A thumper who plays the game as if the field is tilted toward the opposing team’s backfield, the 6’1”, 223-pound linebacker loves contact.
“I love getting in there, getting down and dirty,” said Berger, who has been told he’ll play middle linebacker by the Boise coaching staff. “It’s my favorite to hit people.”
Berger didn't just hit people, he hunted them down. As a junior, with his aggressive, instinctive style and 4.62 40-yard dash time, he collected 83 tackles, which was good enough for second on the team. It helped lead the Vikings to a 9-3 record and the state 5A championship in a 31-28 win over Highland after running roughshod through the playoffs. He also added three sacks and an interception.
Now with his decision made, Berger turns his attention to his senior season, where lofty goals await.
“I wanted to make a decision before the season to get some weight off my shoulders,” he said. “I’m shooting for a pretty explosive season. I want to get 120 tackles and four interceptions.”
In dealing with the recruiting process, Berger has been able to lean upon the experiences that his brother went through in Blakley’s circuitous route to picking Boise State this year. Prior to giving his verbal, Berger admitted that he wouldn't completely shut down his recruitment once he made an announcement.
“I think the perfect example is that Chase was committed to UW and then wound up at Boise,” said the Coeur d’Alene native. “I don’t think I’m going to just shut teams down right away.”
However, it may be difficult for schools to get past the fact that he’ll be playing for his home State team alongside his brother. It was something Blakley had been pushing for since he committed to the Broncos.
“He (Chase) was really in my ear,” said Berger, who attended camps at Boise State, Washington State and USC this summer. “He really wants me down in Boise, but he wants me to pick where I want to go too.”
An injured hamstring prevented Berger from working out at the Boise camp, but he still attended to meet with the coaching staff. He has been told he may get some work as a fullback as well. Last season he rushed for 308 yards on 48 carries as an occasional tailback in a single-back system.