Berghorst ready for summer camps

Zeeland (Mich.) East rising sophomore has his schedule set after taking visits this spring to Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

With his first experience with spring recruiting behind him, Zeeland East's Johnathan Berghorst is eager to get his first summer filled with camps under way.

"It was a great spring," the rising sophomore said. "It was my first spring being recruited. I took a lot of visits, met a lot of people and went to a lot of camps, where I got a lot better against some big-time recruits.

"I feel like I got better and I'm excited for this upcoming season and summer."

The two-way athlete, who plays defensive end and tight end, visited Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame this spring and took away plenty of highlights from all those visits.

"Watching practice was my favorite part, getting to see how they run practice compared to high school to see what I could be doing," he said. "The Michigan State basketball game, that was a ton of fun, being in the arena there and we had great seats.

"Michigan, just seeing the campus and being in the Big House, those were my highlights."

"I went to Notre Dame and it was cool to see there because one of my favorite movies is Rudy and a lot of history has been there."

Now, Berghorst is ready to get started with summer camps as he will kick off with Purdue on June 8 to start his summer with camp and an unofficial visit.

From West Lafayette, he will then go to East Lansing, Sound Mind Sound Body in Detroit, a four-day camp at Michigan and wrap it up with Notre Dame on June 21.

After seeing his skills improve this spring, he is excited to garner more coaching at the variety of school camps.

"During the spring at the camps I've been to," he said," I know I've gotten a lot better and to have colleges see what I can do for the first time and in action, I want to be coached by them and have them see what I can do and finally see me play and run around."

As soon as camps are over, Berghorst will get back to work with his Zeeland East teammates, who are looking to have another playoff season with a tough schedule ahead of them.

"This summer, I've gotten better individually and we will start doing a lot more team stuff this summer with our 7 on 7s and learning our team stuff for Zeeland East," he said. "I know as a team we will be doing good. We will have a tough schedule in the black with some touch competition in there with Grand Rapids Christian, Muskegon, Hudsonville."

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