"I want to make sure I am the total package."

Josh Berard, Scout.com two-star linebacker from Torrance-El Camino, (Calif.), was set to attend the University of Colorado, but that changed after he took a visit to Manhattan in December. Berard switched his commitment and signed his letter of intent with Kansas State.


"I plan to enroll at KState in June," said Josh Berard. "I had originally committed to Colorado. I had all my classes in order and everything. I am now only having to take three classes. I am not having to worry like other people."

"When I graduated high school I didn't sign with anyone. I went straight to El Camino. I chose KState because I felt like it was the place I could make the best transition."

"I like the people and the coaches. They always stressed the player-coach relationship. When I went there it felt like home."

Berard has played defensive end the past two seasons, but he was recruited for another position by the Wildcats.

"KState recruited me to play outside linebacker," he said. "It's fine with me. I am very versatile. I did a lot of standing up at the defensive end position at El Camino."

"I am 6-foot-2, 220-pounds. I have always been around 215-pounds, and I am trying to get up to 225-pounds."

Berard was named two-time All-Mission Conference after recording 54 tackles, 18 for losses with 10.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble from his rush end position in 2007. He was third in the conference in tackles for loss. He was named a unanimous first team Mission Conference American.

"A lot of people tell me I have a motor," Berard said. "People say it's never stopping. That's my biggest thing. I love to work hard in the weight room. I like to try to be the best. Everything else takes care of itself. When that guy is tired over me I am never stopping."

"I am just trying to do what all football players try to do--get quicker and improve my footwork. I want to have better awareness. I am going to do more than just going after the quarterback. I want to make sure I am the total package and no doubts about what I can do."

When asked of expectations Berard replied, "My main expectation is to help the team out and get to a bowl game. I want to catch on. I want to get my education."

"The biggest thing is dominate with the team on the field. I can't wait to get out there with those guys. With the people they have, and who I have seen, I think we can dominate."

"I have a couple of friends who signed with them--Billy McClellan, John Finau and my friend Ula [Pomele]. I think KState had a good recruiting year. There are a lot of junior college guys. It's all the same to me. I hope it's a good group of guys. You need more than just skill to win. You have to have personality and hard workers."

Berard talked about his relationship with the Wildcat coaching staff and their influence that helped with his decision.

"Coach [Tim] Tibesar was the coach who recruited me," he said. "Our relationship was very strong. He called me as much as he could and visited with me as much as he was allowed. We would play video games, we cracked jokes, and we even went bowling one time."

"Coach [Ron] Prince is a real stand up guy. That was one of the main reasons I signed with KState. I felt like he was a man of his word. He spoke with a lot of conviction in his voice. I admired that and where he has come from. He is going to do whatever it takes for us to become better football players as well as individuals."



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