ISU Gets Competition for Bergen

Iowa State is still in very good standing with an offensive line prospect from Florida, but a veteran coach in a new program could be tough to beat for the Cyclones.

Area recruiter Chris Ash has long coveted Tampa (Fla.) Middleton offensive lineman Will Bergen, and was one of the first to offer him a Division I scholarship. But South Carolina and former head coach Lou Holtz had also been an option for Bergen. Now, it appears that Steve Spurrier has picked up where the former coach left off.

"Coach Spurrier actually called me a few nights ago, and I'm still an option for them," said Bergen.

It's shaping up to be a three-way battle of sorts of Bergen's services, as ISU and Pittsburgh are the other contenders.

"This weekend I'm going up to Pittsburgh, then I'm going to South Carolina on January 7th and to Iowa State on January 14th," he said. "Right now those would be the three schools that have offered that are my top ones. I can't wait to start seeing all of those places."

Ash made his pitch to Bergen earlier this week in a visit to Middleton High School.

"He was at my school (Monday) and we talked for a while," Bergen said. "He watched me work out a little bit. We're great friends. He's a great guy. He let me know that Iowa State still wants me. He said they did very well this year with a young team and will be going places in the next three years. He wanted to know if I was ready to join them. He also showed me one of the tapes of the campus, and everything was just beautiful."

Bergen, a first-team all-district player, led his team to an 8-4 record this season. Middleton made it to the regional championship before losing to Armwood.

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