Ohio 2014 LB Kyle Berger Update

Sunday afternoon Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger showed his toughness on the hardwood as the Wildcats traveled to Kettering (Ohio) to take part in Flyin to the Hoop. Despite his team's 64-59 loss, Berger was upbeat about his team's performance and the special guest he had in the crowd.

While many fans in the stands of Trent Arena paid close attention to Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison being in the stands, Kyle Berger has gotten use to seeing college football coaches showing up for Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius basketball games. 

“It was pretty exciting to see Coach Hoke here,” said Berger.  “Coach (Luke) Fickell (Ohio State) came last night to my game.  I haven’t met Coach Hoke yet and I wish I could have met him, but right now it’s against recruiting rules.”  

 With six points and five rebounds, Berger showed his athletic ability throughout the game as the Wildcats came up short (64-59) against Our Savior New American out of New York.

“We came in having lost one of our big guys last night with a broken wrist,” explained Berger.  “We came in with some fire after our big win last night but things happened during the second half and things went downhill.” 

While fully engaged with basketball, Berger knows his future is college football and enjoys the positive feedback he’s receiving from college coaches. 

“It definitely helps a little bit knowing coaches like how I play,” said Berger.  “It makes me want to work hard in the off season to get stronger and get faster so I’m even better next year.” 

As for his interest in the Wolverines, Buckeyes and other programs, Berger continues to learn more about each program he’s got interest in. 


“I went to camp at Michigan this summer and really loved the coaches,” said Berger.  “Coach (Mark) Smith, the linebackers coach along with the facilities and strength coaches are all great.  It’s a great program.” 


“I really like the Buckeyes,” said Berger.  “I was up there for the Michigan, Ohio State basketball game and absolutely loved it.  I got to spend the day with Coach Fickell and it was great.” 

Michigan State

“I know a pretty good amount about the Spartans,” said Berger.  “I know a basketball player up there in Kenny Kaminski and he’s told me a lot about Michigan State.  So I’ll be up there in the next couple of weeks to visit.” 


“Right now I’ve been talking to Tennessee a lot,” said Berger.  “I would also really like to hear from Stanford.  I’ve talked with them a little bit on Facebook but would like to hear more from them.” 

As for his future on the field, college coaches seem to be in agreement as to what they feel he can do on the field. 

“Coaches see me as an outside guy as they like my speed and athleticism,” said Berger.  “So they see me going against tackles a lot using my speed to hit the outside.  They would like to blitz me a lot just like I do in high school.” 

As to when the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker would like to end the recruiting process, he’s got a plan already set in place. 

“So I don’t have to focus on anything but my senior season and winning a state championship I’m going to try and get it out of the way in April or May,” said Berger.  



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