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.

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  1. He sounds like s good kid but I can't blame him for staying close to home.

    UM will be just fine at LB.

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    1. I agree. Certainly wouldn't hurt Michigan if he joined us, but it's not going to hurt us that he didnt.

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  2. Berger was a good prospect but we can do better or same.

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  3. Could Hoke have accidently mixed him up with this Alex?

    http://gatorzone2.scout.com/gallery/photos/2248/Anzalone.jpg

    It does seem kinda nit-picky though. Maybe what he doesn't want to say is that he doesn't want to get lost in the shuffle of previous classes, Ferns, and the potential DE haul of Marshall, Hand, and McDowell.

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  4. Weird that was even brought up. I call my brothers the wrong name all the time. people mis-speak. it happens

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  5. I wouldn't make much of the name thing. Maybe Hoke knows a guy by the name of Alex Berger. Or maybe it was just a momentary slip when he was thinking of something else. Heck, I mix up the names of my kids on occasion because I am thinking of something else.

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  6. he kind of looks like an Alex though doesn't he?

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  7. That might turn me off as a player too. Don't really blame him, but he's a great player and I wish we could've picked him up.

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  8. Laughing at the fact that your idiotic coach called him by a different name. Please don't make excuses or wonder why The Ohio State will be back to a nice 9-1 record for the next ten years. Just like 2000-2010. Man those were great years:)

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    1. Remind me again what Woody Hayes was fired for again. Now that was idiotic.

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    2. Don't you find it kinda funny both Hayes and tressel got fired

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  9. Hey Ben, if you do not have something meaningful to contribute, just save your breath. We don't have enough space here to list all of the stupid things that your idiotic coach has done. Brady Hoke is twice the man that Urban is. Looking forward to smacking you guys in the mouth this year at the Big House.

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  10. @Buckeye Ben,
    Congrats on landing the #3 LB in Ohio... Kyle Berger seems like a good prospect that will likely help your team to some degree. While it would have been nice to have him play alongside Ohio's #2 LB in Michael Ferns (I'd argue #1) we'll be OK. Thankfully we secured 2 of our best LB classes ever in 2012 & 13. By the way, if you haven't noticed, Michigan is in the driver's seat for the nation's #1 & #2 prospects in D. Hand & J. Peppers. Hand isn't even considering OSU, and Peppers is on the record saying UM was mind blowing, and far exceeded his expectations...and by the way, we are his childhood favorties. So far crickets about his visit to Cbus. Nothing guarenteed, but just sayin.

    I appreciate optimism and confidence in thinking OSU will go 9-1, but in reality that is highly unlikely. Tressel enjoyed a perfect storm of sorts against Michigan during his tenure. He faced a coach in Lloyd Carr that was at the end of his rope in terms of energy and drive to strive for excellence... Carr simply mailed it in his last few seasons. This was highlighted by his final season in which he was loaded with talent and simply didn't pepare his teams well mentally or physically (reference the stories that came out about how the team was hungover and high during the App. State debacle...not to mention they didn't even know their QB was a dual threat let alone possibly the best dIal threat QB in DII history).

    This was followed by arguably the most poorly handled coaching hire by a Top Tier football program ever. Thanks to a disconnected, highly unqualified AD in Bill Martin, and equally disconnected and frankly, unconcerned retiring Lloyd Carr. Who tried to retire the prior year, only returning because Martin begged him to (because Martin hadn't even begun to think about his replacement).

    This incompetence led to a misguided panic hire of Rich Rodriguez, who proceeded to take a wrecking ball to 130 yeas of Michigan football, and attempt to rebuild it in his image. This would be the eye of our perfect storm. We all know the debacle that was Rich Rod, so I'll spare the deatils (highlights: letting 5* QB Ryan Mallet leave without even meeting with him, and many others including Justen Boren who was so disgusted he went home to OSU).

    That storm has passed, and so too have most of its affects.

    So I'd recommend you take that 1 last step outside of reality and predict 10-0 against Michigan. This way when your world is crushed by a far different outcome, you can chalk it up to youthful foolishness.

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    1. I would just add one thing to your point Red. Boom.

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    2. LOL. I guess I did kinda go off eh?

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    3. I love it. I just realized this article about "Alex" Berger got posted over at 11Warriors. Of course it provided some ammo for Buckeye fans to rag on Hoke, but if you read through the comment section it really makes me appreciate this site and all other Michigan sites. It is absolutely laughable over there. It seriously looks like a huge comment section of middle schoolers. I couldn't stop laughing. I suggest everyone take a look if you can stomach the page, colors, content, and homerism. Enjoy!

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    4. I just can't lower myself to there level and go over to there site.
      It amazes me how out numbered the nice Ohio fans are compared the to idiotic Ohio fans. And yes there are some very nice Ohio fans out there because I am friends with a couple of them.

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    5. He was either
      1. confusing him with Alex Bars...
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      2. knew that he'd be comitting to OSU so he deliberately called him Alex to one up him.....

      I would figure its # 1 but after what Billy Price did, I wonder.

      And go easy on Carr... he was in the worst position imaginable... he was doing what his boss Martin wanted... and also Carr was in the insanely crappy position to have to help the transition to RR... Yeah, I know, I heard Carr called RR to recruit him, but don't forget that it was his boss who wanted RR. Again, Carr in a crap spot.... Though you should be very pissed about him passing on Harbaugh... that could also be on Bo, however.

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