"I committed to Rutgers,'' Bergen said as he was driving home. "He was very excited and gave me hug and told me, ‘Welcome to the family,' ‘'
Bergen made an unofficial visit to Rutgers to take in the game, and said he was offered afterward.
"I did it today because I had in mind that if I was offered by Rutgers ,…I thought about all the schools that were recruiting me, and I knew if Rutgers offered me I would commit,'' Bergen said. "They were my favorite. It was my favorite mostly because of coach Schiano. I think he's a great coach, he's intense and everything you could want in a coach.
"Also, it's a great school academically and pretty close to home.''
As a sophomore at East Stroudsburg, Bergen was considered a hot-rising prospect. However, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee two games into his junior season, and his recruiting trailed off markedly.
However, he is off to a quick start this season, and sees himself becoming one of Rutgers' next great middle linebackers.
"They have some great linebackers, especially Ryan D'Imperio,'' Bergen said. "I'm looking forward to working with (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers) coach (Bob) Fraser to get to that level and surpass it.''
"It's a big relief,'' Bergen said. "Now, I can just completely focus on the season and take my team to districts and on. It was in the back of my mind, so a little bit of weight is off my shoulders. I was confident I would get the offer, but it was only a matter of time.''