Commit Bergen discusses visit, knee rehab

East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High middle linebacker Sam Bergen was one of the lucky 13 on official visits to Rutgers over the weeekend. On his drive home he updated on the visit, discussing what he leared and liked about his first extensive time on the campus. Bergen also gives an update on his rehabilitation after undergoing ACL surgery in November.

A knee injury kept East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High linebacker Sam Bergen away from some offseason camps after his junior season, and a mid-season commitment to Rutgers kept him off the recruiting trail.

So he didn't know many of the members of Rutgers' 2010 class until his official visit this weekend. Six other committed players, and six non-committed recruits, were also on campus.

After the visit 6-foot, 230-pound Bergen said he was relaxed and pleased with how easily everyone got along.

"Probably the coaches and the people there'' stood out the most, Bergen said. "Everyone seems real nice and I'll have no problem getting to know everyone. I'm looking forward to coming down here in the summer and getting starting.

"Really, at first I had no idea who some of these guys were, but now I'm friends with them and I'll be talking to them on the phone. Jordan Thomas, I talked to him a lot.''

The trip was also Bergen's first extensive visit to Piscataway (N.J.), although he had been to games on campus. The weekend also provided an opportunity for an in-depth look at the academic side of Rutgers.

"I loved everything about it,'' Bergen said. "It was a good time. We got to see a lot of parts of the school. We checked out the weight room and all the football facilities. They showed us around the dorms where we would be living, and we went to a bunch of places to eat, and then Saturday night we went to the ESPN Zone.''

Bergen, who suffered the second torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his career in October, underwent surgery in late November.

His goal is to be ready for summer conditioning workouts after he arrives on the Rutgers campus for summer school.

"It's coming along good,'' he said. "I think I'm ahead of schedule and I should be ready in the summer. On Tuesday, I can start to do some squats. That's probably the next big thing. It feels great.''

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