Bergeron is a Budding Star

North Mesquite is home to one of the top sophomores in the state of Texas. Joe Bergeron is an old school running back with the ability to play a number of roles and college programs have taken notice. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Bergeron after an offseason workout.

Finding a running back that has the ability to play fullback, H-back, one back isn't an easy task, especially with the spread offense being the scheme of choice at the high school level in Texas. North Mesquite High is home to that hard-to-find back in sophomore Joe Bergeron.

The 5-11.5, 232-pounder has been talked about since his initial day as a freshman at North Mesquite and in 2008 his skill set was on full display. Whether it was power runs, shoe sting catches or opening up holes in the running game, Bergeron became a dominant force in 11-5A play earning Offensive Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 416 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries as well as a catching 12 passes for 158 yards.

Bergeron, who's uncle is former Lufkin and Texas Tech defensive end McKinner Dixon, had his first big game for North Mesquite in a loss to resurgent Mesquite Horn scoring three touchdowns on runs of eleven, four and five yards as well as catching a pair of passes for 33 yards.

He followed his impressive performance with a career-best game in a 38-28 win over John Tyler. The back with very impressive feet and terrific hands rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown of 24 yards on 14 carries. Throw in three catches for 48 yards, some key blocks in pass protection and as the lead blocker in the running game and Bergeron was a dominant force.

With the succession of impressive play, the recruiting attention from major programs has followed. With letters and inquiries coming from around the country, Bergeron will likely have his pick of colleges. While it's very early in the process, four schools stand out and one recently received an unofficial visit.

"I like Texas, LSU, Oklahoma and Wisconsin right now," Bergeron said. "I went to the Texas junior day and it was fun. It was a good experience. I saw a guy I played against at Irving MacArthur, Tariq Allen. Texas welcomes you like you are part of their family."

The trip to Texas wasn't the first for the talented sophomore as he attended camp at Texas last summer. Bergeron said he would be back in Austin this summer for the Texas camp as well as a couple of others.

"I went to the UT camp last summer and I'll go there again this summer. We are looking at the OU and A&M camps too," Bergeron said.

When it comes to taking unofficial visits, the powerfully built back says he's looking for how a team interacts and that it's more than just football.

"I'm looking at the way the players are. How close the players are and just the overall program. Not just about football, but how the school is. You want to be around good people, so that is important too," Bergeron said.

Besides the physical attributes, the ability to be coached and understanding of what it takes to continue improving is key for the Stallions star.

"I think my strengths are I'm coachable. If you aren't coachable, you will never get anywhere. I need to work on my speed and not trying to juke guys all the time," Bergeron said.

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