Rising Sophomore Talks U-M Experience

Zeeland East (Mich.) 2017 DE Johnathan Berghorst reflects on U-M camp experience and more.

2017 defensive end Johnathan Berghorst is already making a name for himself on the recruiting trail. The up and coming prospect has already been on numerous campus visits to top programs throughout the Midwest – including Michigan – where the rising sophomore got some positive feedback from his U-M camp experience.

"I thought I did good for the day," said Berghorst, who plays for Zeeland East (Mich.) High. "I came in with the rest of the one day campers, a couple good kids. I went against their top offensive lineman they had there for the day. I thought I did pretty well. Coach Smith had a lot of good things to say about me. He said I was very explosive, very fast off the ball, good athlete and I have a good punch. He said to keep working on my pass rushing skills. Those need improvement, but he said I thought I did pretty well."

After his strong camp performance, Berghorst said the U-M coaches told him to come back this fall for a game day experience.

"Coach Matttison and Coach Smith invited me up this fall for a couple games," Berghorst said. "I hope to for sure to make one game, maybe come back up for two games. I would like to do that."

At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, Berghorst currently doesn't hold an offer. However, he has already been on numerous campus visits to Michigan, Michigan State Notre Dame and Purdue. He also says he is planning on visiting Western Michigan and some other MAC programs this summer.

As far as his in interest in the Wolverines, Berghorst says he is well versed in what U-M has to offer.

"Obviously, I love the Big House," he said. "I've been there before for a game. It was a great experience and I love Coach Mattison, Coach Singletary and Coach Hoke, those are all great guys . I loved being with them at camp. I love going up there every time to see them. I love the campus and I love their academic program. [Plus], they have a history of winning."'

In the meantime, Berhorst says he is switching his focus this summer into having an outstanding sophomore season at Zeeland East in the fall.

"This will be my first full year on varsity," Berghorst said. "Last year I played the second half of the season on varsity. I going to play two different positions -- defensive end and tight end. I just played defensive last year. So I am really just hoping to improve on the defensive side form where I was last year. I want make some more tackle and make some more sacks. I trust myself that I got a ton of alo better at all these camps. I know I'll do better and be a leader for my team."


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