St. Ignatius junior on Ohio State: “This definitely puts them at the top of my list”

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Cleveland St. Ignatius LB Kyle Berger

247sports.com 4-star linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) is a strong candidate to land at Ohio State. Sunday he visited and left with a clear No. 1…


There has been plenty of talk that Urban Meyer will land a spectacular 2014 recruiting class. And Meyer got a big boost towards that end today when 4-star cornerback Damon Webb committed to Ohio State, joining 4-star offensive lineman Marcelys Jones who committed on Christmas day.

Webb attended the Ohio State junior day today as did 4-star linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) who is another strong candidate to be a Buckeye.

“Everything impressed me,” Berger said. “The facilities, the coaches, the academic support, it is all great.”

Berger and his parents were given the red carpet treatment on the visit.

“We got there around 9:00 (a.m.),” Berger said. “We had a one
hour meeting with coach Meyer and coach (Luke) Fickell. Then coach
Fickell took me on a tour. I met with a doctor at Ohio State since I
think I’ll go into pre-med. Then we got a tour of the Woody Hayes
Facility, and then we went to the (Ohio State-Michigan) basketball game.

“After that I met with coach Fickell again.”

Meyer and Fickell went over how they see Berger fitting in at Ohio State.

“They talked about how they are short at linebacker and how I could hopefully come in and help them – maybe early,” Berger said.

Berger was leaning towards the Buckeyes before the visit and the lead became wider today.

“This definitely puts them at the top of my list,” Berger said.

However, Berger is not yet ready to say he is a Buckeye.

“I definitely want to visit some other schools,” Berger said.
“This was my first visit. I also want to visit Michigan State. I’d like
to visit Stanford if they get in contact. And I’ve been talking to
Tennessee.”

The 6-foot-3 and 205-pound Berger had a fantastic junior season
as Ignatius finished 11-2. Berger had 10 sacks from his outside
linebacker position and a whopping 44 tackles for loss.

Berger, who has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan
State, West Virginia, Illinois and Cincinnati, is the country’s No. 22
outside linebacker prospect in the 247Sports rankings and the No. 19
prospect in Ohio.

Kurelic’s Comment: I look for Berger to eventually be a part of a super group of 2014 linebackers that pick Ohio State.

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