Caleb Berg: I'm just going to come out to Ames this summer looking to play. If I redshirt, that's OK. I'm just looking to get myself ready to play.
Berg: It will be a big adjustment. The whole team's speed will be different, because I'm going from playing in a small division in Nebraska all the way up to Big 12.
CN: Are there any certain experiences that you feel have somewhat prepared you for Division I ball?
Berg: I've been working pretty hard lately, because I've sat out this basketball season to get stronger and faster. Hopefully that will help.
CN: You were one of the stars in ISU's padded camp last summer. Talk about the experience you gained over that two-day span?
Berg: I thought it was a lot of fun. You got to work with the coaches one on one. I was already committed, so it felt good. They were giving me a lot of instructions. It felt real good. Otherwise, you just go to any other camp and it felt like a coach was just telling you. This was different.
CN: What degree of interest did Nebraska express after your early commitment to the Cyclones? Did you ever consider changing your mind?
Berg: They actually didn't know what to do, because I verbally committed before even summer camp. I went to their summer camp first, did pretty well and tested out OK. Then I was talking to the coaches there, but they didn't know what to do. They said they'd talk to me later, which they ended up doing. They asked if I could come down to any games. I left it as, ‘I'm already committed to Iowa State and wasn't going to come to any games.'
CN: How much pressure did you feel as a Nebraska high school kid choosing to play for an out-of-state rival?
Berg: There was some pressure at times, because everybody sort of gets the feeling of wanting to play for the in-state team. I guess I don't get as much pressure as my youngest brother does. He always gets it at school with some jokes.
CN: Speaking of younger brothers, we hear a few of them could be pretty good football players like you. Who's the next Berg to catch the eye of college programs?
Berg: Miles, my younger brother, is a sophomore this year. He's got more finesse skills than I do. We'll have to see how he develops.
CN: Back onto your recruiting process, tell me how relieved you were to sign a letter of intent earlier this month?
Berg: It was really nice and was just waiting since I verbally committed a long time ago. It felt like a long time. But as soon as I signed on the dotted line, it was a relief because then it was finally finished.
CN: What type of player can Cyclone fans characterize you?
Berg: I guess I'm more of a physical player. I just like to hit. I like to get in there, be around the ball and have the knack of hitting.
CN: How did you and your team fare last fall?
Berg: I guess I did alright, but had more expectations for us. I'm more of a perfectionist and thought we would do a little better. We got to the second round of playoffs and lost to the state champions twice this season.
CN: When do you plan to report this summer?
Berg: I'll be coming over this summer to work out, and will report for good when all the freshmen do. I want to get over there and get used to the whole atmosphere, studying and college atmosphere. You've got to balance everything out as a student-athlete.
CN: What did you think of the year Iowa State had in 2002, and what do you think you can add in future seasons?
Berg: I hope I can bring my skills to the team and help it out. They had a good year, I guess. They started off good and finished off not so well. But that's alright.
CN: What events will you be running in track this spring?
Berg: I'll be doing the open 100 this year and the 4x100. I think my track coach is talking me into doing the mile relay, too.