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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Vols host top Ohio LB for two-day visit

By Jared Shanker

With his ties to the Buckeye State, first-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones is making a concerted effort in Ohio. The Volunteers hosted a target from the state earlier this week.

Outside linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland/Saint Ignatius) made a two-day visit to Knoxville beginning Monday after Volunteers assistant coach Mark Elder offered the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Berger in January.

“It was good. The facilities were unbelievable,” Berger said. “They’ve put a ton of new stuff in the last summer. The facilities were definitely the best part.”

The visit admittedly could have gone better as Berger trekked to Rocky Top the week of spring break, so much of the student population was not around. The campus was a little quiet, and Berger was hoping to get a better idea of what life is like as a student at Tennessee.

“It was kind of tough though because there wasn’t a ton of people on campus, so that was -- not a negative -- but I wish there could have been more to see what real campus life was really like,” he said.

Berger was noncommittal about a return trip to Tennessee, saying it depends on how his future visits go. A commitment is expected this spring with a decision possibly coming in May.

The plan for Berger was to visit Michigan and check out Ohio State’s spring game -- held in Cincinnati this year -- but said there is a “good chance I won’t go to either one.”

He is planning visits to Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and UCLA but no dates are set.

BuckeyeNation reporter Brad Bournival contributed to this report.