Getting a head start

Recently, Kansas football got some big news when Class of 2011 commit Brock Berglund opted to forgo his final semester of high school and graduate early, enrolling in Lawrence for the spring semester. The three-star prospect spoke with Phog.net about his decision, spring football and acclimating himself to college life.

Lately, things are moving a little fast in the world of Brock Berglund.

On Dec. 20, the three-star quarterback prospect from Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian High School switched his commitment from the University of Colorado to the University of Kansas, after taking time to meet with new Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree.

Berglund maintained the utmost respect for Embree and his staff, but had some questions about whether or not the offensive system he planned to employ would be the best fit for his abilities. The school and the athlete parted ways amicably, and Berglund, after careful deliberation, opted to take his talents to Lawrence, Kan. for a variety of reasons – reasons that included his comfort level with the coaching staff and the spread offense utilized by the Jayhawks.

With two big decisions down, the talented signal caller faced another. With early graduation an option, it was conceivable Berglund could enroll at the University of Kansas in time for the spring semester; which would of course mean eligibility for spring football practices and a chance to get a head start on learning the offense.

Two weeks later, it was a done deal. From Buffalo to Jayhawk, and from high school senior to college student, all in the span of about 14 days.

So yeah, things are moving a little fast right now in the world of Brock Berglund, but he's not nervous.

He's pumped.

"It's very exciting to just be moving on to the next phase in life, becoming a college student," he said. "I think there's a lot of hard work involved in this, and I think that fits my work ethic really well. I like to earn everything I have."

Berglund joins local standouts and fellow Class of 2011 members Dylan Admire and Darrian Miller on the list of early enrollees. With his paperwork already turned in, the Kansas coaching staff is allowed to formally comment on their newest addition, and did so earlier this week.

"Brock is the ideal student-athlete we want in our program," Head Coach Turner Gill said. "He has proven that he is a winner. He not only has great football skills, but he possess great vision and tremendous leadership abilities."

The Kansas coaches have told him that the quarterback job is open heading into spring, and though the decision to end his high school career early had to be made quickly in the end he couldn't wait until summer workouts to throw his hat into the ring.

He wanted an early start to acclimating himself to college life – academics, athletics and everything in between.

"The life at the school I'm at right now is similar in some regards - the workload, the set up of school," Berglund explained. "The acclimation, the biggest thing for me, will be living on my own. Just life when your alarm doesn't go off and your mom doesn't come in and wake you up."

As a prep athlete, Berglund led Valor Christian to back-to-back state championships – the Colorado Class 3A title in 2009, and the Class 3A title in 2010. This season he completely 61.1-percent of his passes for 2,150 yards and 23 touchdowns, while throwing just five interceptions. He also rushed 130 times for 952 yards and nine touchdowns.

Classes begin in Lawrence on Jan. 21.


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