It's no secret that Jason Candle wants to keep local Northwest Ohio talent home, to play collegiately for the Toledo Rockets. On Monday, Candle and his staff received a commitment from Mitch Berg, a 2017 offensive lineman from Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School. Berg, a 6'6", 285-pound anchor in the trenches already held offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky and Kent State. Aside from the offers, Berg was also being targeted by 'Power Five' schools such as Virginia and Purdue as the recruiting season begins to ramp up over the summer.
"I wanted to commit now because I sat down and thought about the available spots left and saw some offensive linemen were offered. I also sat down and listed the pros and cons about the schools that had offered me," Berg continued, "I also factored in what school fit me the most and Toledo was it."
Obviously, being a local talent, Berg has grown up around the Toledo Rockets and has been around campus several times over the past few years.
"I went to a few games when I was little and last year I was at four home games, it's a great atmosphere with a great fan base," Berg added.
"My family loves Toledo. My cousin played offensive line at Northwestern and my family would haul gear to Evanston so they're happy they will only have to drive ten minutes to watch me play," said Berg on remaining local.
Berg, a key cog for the Titans, who finished 6-4 overall last season in a tough Three Rivers Athletic Conference last season, will look to compete immediately as soon as he steps on campus. New Toledo offensive line coach, Mike Hallett, enjoys recruiting lineman with talent and character and Berg is the perfect combination of both.
Stay tuned for more news on the Class of 2017 and the Toledo Rockets.