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Monday, January 14, 2013
Wowed by OSU, Berger lays out plan

By Brad Bournival

Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) got a chance to kick the tires for the first time.

And he liked it.

On his first unofficial visit of any kind, the junior outside linebacker was on Ohio State’s campus Sunday and loved what he saw.

Now, he’ll sit back and devise a plan for when he wants to commit to a university. But the Buckeyes certainly left a lasting impression on the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Berger.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I absolutely loved it. I felt comfortable with the coaches. I had a great time down there. My family and I were supposed to talk to Coach [Urban] Meyer for a few minutes, but it was more like an hour and 15 minutes.

“I really got to know the campus and felt comfortable. I definitely like them a lot more. There was a lot of stuff I didn’t know about Ohio State. The academic support they have there for their student-athletes and the relationships the coaches have with the players bumped it up a lot.”

The next step for Berger is to let his basketball season play out with the Wildcats. He’s trying to make it to the Nike SPARQ combine in Massillon, Ohio, on Feb. 16 but hasn’t sent in his RSVP yet.

After that he’d like to check out Michigan, Stanford and Tennessee, but is keeping his options open to others.

The one thing Berger does know is he’d like to have things done sooner rather than later.

“I’m going to take some more visits and compare schools and would like to make my decision around April,” he said.

Berger currently has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia. There is also interest from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

As a junior, he finished with 90 tackles -- 39 for loss -- and registered 8 sacks.