Iowa Visit on Tap for Bere

Tinashe Bere holds scholarship offers from several Big Ten schools, including Iowa. The Cincinnati linebacker plans to visit the Hawkeyes soon and a decision isn't expected to be far off. He talks about his recruiting process in this update.

Iowa has done well through the years with football players who wrestled in high school. The Hawkeyes have targeted another star on the mat in the next recruiting cycle.

Cincinnati Sycamore High's Tinashe Bere posted a 39-3 record this year competing in the 195 and 220-pound weight divisions. The Hawkeyes offered him a football scholarship in January.

"It keeps me in a competitive attitude during the off-season," Bere said of wrestling. "It helps me with my balance and using my hands."

Bere, a middle linebacker, reports scholarship offers from Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Bowling Green, Kent State, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio). He said he is hearing consistently from Duke, Louisville and Cincinnati as well.

"It's going pretty well," the 6-foot-1 Bere said of recruiting. "It's starting to pick up now. I've been getting like an offer a week. That's been nice."

Of the schools that have offered him a scholarship, Bere has visited Illinois and Purdue.

"I'm going to get to Iowa and the rest of the schools that have offered this spring," he said. "Iowa starts spring practice at the end of March, so I will go then or at the beginning of April.

"I haven't had a chance to visit (Iowa) yet, but I really like the coaching staff. We're developing a good relationship."

Brian Ferentz is leading Iowa's recruitment of Bere. The assistant has been to Sycamore a few times to visit with the linebacker.

"They like my aggressiveness," Bere said. "I like to hit and make plays."

Bere said he's working on his overall speed and improving his play in space.

"I play in the 3-4 but I think I can play in any defense a school runs," he said.

Bere is undecided on a major. He carries a 3.3 GPA, he said.

"Academics are a big part of my (college) decision," Bere said. "It's also important that I fit in with the other players and coaches and feel comfortable at the school."

Bere is on course to verbally commit to a college at the beginning of the summer, he said.

"That's when I'll know who really wants me if they're interested in giving me a scholarship at that point," he said. "I will have taken visits, also."

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