Recruiting heating up for SoCal corner

Colton (Cali.) cornerback NAT BERHE (5-11, 170) is currently ranked the No. 83 cornerback prospect in America by, and the recruiting process is picking up as LOI day approaches for the two-way standout (named to CIF-SS All-Central Division Team). He's visited Idaho and UTEP, and a busy slate is planned for January with several new teams entering the mix for the Yellowjackets athlete.

It has been a busy recruiting process for Colton (Cali.) High School cornerback/safety Nat Berhe (5-11, 170) this year, especially of late. As a two-way starter this year at Colton (RB/DB), Berhe had a remarkable senior season. Despite missing the first four games of the season this year, his post-season honors include being named a First Team All-San Andreas League selection at BOTH runningback and defensive back. He was also honored by being named to the CIF-SS All-Central Division team this year as a defensive back. He helped lead his team to a playoff berth with a regular season record of 6-3-1, 3-2 league.

As a junior he burst onto the scene when he completed a remarkable season with five interceptions, three quarterback sacks, and 44 tackles on the year. He also blocked a fieldgoal that year. He was named to the Press-Enterprise All-Area team, and in an article in the PE, his coach said, "He was one of our top defensive backs," Yellowjackets coach Harold Strauss said. "He has a real eye for the ball."

He's been on numerous recruiting radars since the summer when he picked up offers from Minnesota, Idaho, and Colorado State plus several more, and the recruiting process is heating up now that signing day is approaching.

"The recruiting process has really picked up for me since late December," Berhe recently told "I'm getting calls from Missouri, Stanford, Colorado, Georgia Tech, and I've been setting some dates and stuff for this month. It's been pretty good and really picked up."

He took his first two trips in December, and is looking to pack in some new teams as January comes to a quick close. "I visited UTEP and Idaho," Berhe said. "I visited both of those schools in December. I'm planning to take a trip soon to Colorado, and Georgia Tech. And then, Stanford in late, late January. New Mexico has also been trying to contact me to get me up there. It's been pretty crazy."

He still holds a number of offers, a list that has grown steadily since last summer. "I have offers from New Mexico, Minnesota, UTEP, Idaho, San Diego State, and Colorado State." A healthy mix of suitors from several conferences, with more potentially on the way. Talks with Minnesota have dropped off a little bit because of its location, but everyone else has been solid.

At Idaho he was hosted by Andre Ferguson, who Berhe knew when Ferguson was a star athlete at Redlands High School. Both UTEP and Idaho are recruiting him as a corner. So far everyone has been looking at him as a corner, but he played some safety this year and is comfortable there too. But corner is his position of choice. "I feel like I can play corner in college."

Everyone is about the same interest level for him. "Everyone is about the same – medium interest – for me," Berhe said when asked if there was a leader among the schools recruiting him. "It's kinda hard to tell right now. I've only visited two places, and I'm still looking."

So, for those that haven't had a chance to see Berhe play in person, how would he describe his style? He didn't miss a beat. "Very, very fast," Berhe said. "I love to hit, and that's what separates me from a lot of corners. I go to the ball, I don't wait for it to come to me. I'm very explosive."

Berhe states that he is all setup and ready to go academically, and he has no plans to redshirt this fall.

PLAYER PROFILE: Nat Berhe, 5-11, 170, CB

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