Lofty Expectations for Bere

After making the college football camp rounds throughout the summer, Sycamore (OH) High junior linebacker Tinashe Bere is taking what he learned and applying it in order to have a strong junior season.

MADISON - Although linebacker is currently a major strength thanks to the depth at the position, the Badgers will be losing key pieces over the next two years. But in order to make sure the position stays strong on the team Wisconsin will have to replenish the talent in the next two recruiting classes.

Wisconsin was able to secure a commitment from Garret Dooley in the 2013 class and with Dooley expected to be the only linebacker in the 2013 class, the Badger coaching staff will be targeting plenty of linebackers in the 2014 class. One of the linebackers the Badgers coaching staff has their eye on is Sycamore (OH) High junior Tinashe Bere.

"I call the Badgers coaching staff now and then," Bere told Badger Nation. "They want me to send film of my first three games so they can look at the film and evaluate me. They also would like to get me up to a game sometime this fall. I just don't know when that will be."

The Badgers aren't alone in expressing interest in the 6-1, 215-pound athlete. According to Bere he's hearing from Boston College, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern, and Ohio State. Bere currently holds one offer from Illinois.

"I received the offer from Illinois in late May," Bere said. "I was told to call the Illinois coaches and when I did they offered me over the phone. They told me they liked what they saw of me on the film and that I looked good. It felt good to get the offer from Illinois because it showed my hard work was paying off."

Bere attends the same high school that current redshirt freshman defensive back Darius Hillary attended. According to Bere, the two have talked a little bit about the Badgers but not that much.

With Bere already holding one offer, he wanted to attend as many football camps as he could so he could boost his recruiting stock. This past summer, Bere attended camps at Boston College, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Toledo, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"Overall at all of the camps I attended I thought I played well," Bere said. "I was able to work on my man-to-man coverage and I worked on my drops. I learned some new tricks that I can bring to the football field. I also wanted to work with the coaches so I could get an idea of how practices are conducted."

Bere has some lofty individual goals this coming season but after he registered 65 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore, it's very possible he could meet his goals for this year.

"My individual goals would be to make over 100 tackles this season and to record eight sacks," Bere said. "I also would like to be named first team state, league, and city."

Bere's junior season started successfully, leading Sycamore to a 38-7 victory over Anderson.

"I would say I had an average game," Bere said. "I missed some tackles that I usually make and I wasn't happy with myself for missing them. But we won and held Anderson to seven points so overall the defense played well tonight."

Although Bere may not have been pleased with how he played, he can say he utilized what he learned from all the football camps he attended this past summer.

"I could tell what I was working on over the summer with my drops and coverage at the camps was paying off for me in the game," Bere said. "At times though my fundamentals were still a little rough so I just have to find that consistency. But I know I will."

If Bere can find the consistency he's looking for on the football field, he's confident interest and possibly more offers will come his way.

"The offer from Illinois is great but I want to get more offers so I can have plenty of options," Bere said. "The key is to just keep improving throughout the football season. If I do, schools should start to become more interested in me and I should see more interest. I think that will lead to more offers."

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