Monday, April 8, 2013
Happy Trails: Kyle Berger
A part of my Projected 2014 Class committed elsewhere today when Kyle Berger verbally pledged to Ohio State. Most recruiting analysts believed this was a two-horse race between the Wolverines and Buckeyes all along and Kyle himself told me that the two of them were "really, really, really close." Kyle told me the deciding factor in choosing Ohio State was pretty simple. "The difference was it being my home-state and the closeness.", which I can actually understand as someone who grew up loving Michigan for the same reasons. The next thing that Kyle told me was a little bit surprising given everything I have learned about the coaching staff from recruits. "One other thing kind of threw me for a loop about Michigan. I was walking out of Coach Hoke's office and he called me "Alex". That was not the reason I didn't choose Michigan at all, but it kind of made me question some things." I must admit, if someone I was supposed to have a great relationship with called me by the wrong name and didn't realize it, it would rub me the wrong way too. In the end Berger being a Buckeye isn't really a Michigan loss just more of a "should happen" situation. Berger would've been a nice addition to a talented linebacking corps though as he has already formed a pretty solid bond with Michael Ferns, but this means the Wolverines can explore other options. Kyle was a very nice kid to talk to and I wish him the best throughout his career, with the exception of about 4 games.