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Monday, April 8, 2013
Berger brings championship attitude

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State always talks about winning the day.

On Monday, the Buckeyes certainly did that with the commitment of outside linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).

Berger played on a team with three Division I signees on its roster and scads of other juniors receiving big school interest. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Berger was the glue on a team that reached the Ohio Division I quarterfinals after winning it all in 2011.

The outside linebacker really was the standout for the Wildcats, who have won more titles than any other team in Ohio, as his 90 tackles -- 39 for loss -- and 8 sacks attest.

One of five high school champions in the Class of 2014 commitment list for the Buckeyes, Berger’s speed is what stands out the most as are his pursuit angles. He rarely is out of position. The fact he almost never overpursues and is just as strong against the run and pass makes him a steal in this Ohio State class.

In fact, those strengths have fellow outside linebacker and the sixth commitment in the Buckeyes’ 2014 class Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) just as excited to play with him.

“We’re getting deep into the recruitment,” Hubbard said. “We’ve been hitting it off the last few weeks. I talked to him this morning and he told me he was going to commit.

“He’s a great kid. He’s a lot like myself. Coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Kerry] Coombs have both said we’re the same type of kid. We both have great leadership skills and good character. I think we can go a long way in the future.”

The future is what has Berger the most excited about as he pointed out the fact he’ll play next to Hubbard in the future as one of the reasons he chose Ohio State.

He’s looking forward to the challenge in practice as well as the opportunity to play on the same field as some incredible linebackers in the Buckeyes history.

“Being around each other will make it so much better,” Berger said. “Whether we’re both playing linebacker or wherever, we’ll make each other better.

“We’re both going to work hard push each other just like any other teammate would. We’re going to be the best we can be and get that crystal ball for Coach Meyer.”