Boise State commit Drew Berger spent Saturday, September 20 watching Boise dismantle Louisiana-Lafayette and walking the campus once again while getting a feel for what will be his new home while on his official visit.
“It was really fun,” said the 6’1” 223-pound stud. “I’ve never been to a Boise game before. I’ve been on that field a couple of times for other games, but I’d never seen them play. It was great.”
For Berger, whose older brother Chase Blakely just started his Broncos career, the trip was also a family reunion and a scouting assignment. In addition to seeing his brother again, Berger also took a look at the current outside linebackers on the field and came away with a plan that leaves him confident about his place on the depth chart.
“We took a tour of the city and the school and stuff,” said Berger, who’s made numerous visits to the school on his own. “I was watching the players I’ll be competing with. “I had a good conversation with (linebackers) Coach (Andy) Avalos and what they expect out of me next year. I think it’ll be good.”
But as he prepares himself for his time as a Bronco, Berger knows the most important thing is the team he currently wears across his chest, the No. 3-ranked team in the state.
“All I’m really focused on right now is beating Highland,” said Berger, who also mentioned he hasn’t had any contact with Highland standout linebacker and former 2015 verbal Kyler Manu, who flipped his commitment from Boise State to Washington. “It’s a huge week; it’s a rivalry game. Things are looking pretty good for us, we’re 4-0; we just need to get this win.”
That commitment to the task at hand is part of what has made Berger a captain in each of the first four games this season. Only one other player on his team holds that distinction. He leads his team with 30 tackles and has helped out on offense, with 20 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 83 yards and a score.
He’s doing a little bit of everything to help the Vikings succeed. So much so, that any thought of self-preservation to save himself for the Broncos is an afterthought. “I’m trying my best every single week,” he said. “We have a pretty tough schedule so I can’t just relax and take it easy in any game.”
However, once the season is over, Berger intends to devote all his energy to building his frame for collegiate play. He won’t be enrolling at Boise in the spring, but will be using his last prep semester as a good springboard into the summer training and fall camp.
“I was thinking about going early, but I decided against it,” he said. “I’m just going to take a couple of easy classes and really focus on getting bigger and stronger.”