Relationships Key in Berger Decision

Ohio State added another piece to their 2014 class today, securing a commitment from Cleveland St. Ignatius four-star linebacker Kyle Berger. Why did he choose the Buckeyes over several other major offers? It came down largely to the men who would be coaching him.

St. Ignatius Linebacker Kyle Berger had been visiting Ohio State and Michigan back and forth the past few months but ended his recruitment today. The four-star prospect and the nation's second-rated outside linebacker chose to become the Buckeyes' seventh commit for the 2014 class.

"I honestly wanted to commit on my last visit to Ohio State," Berger stated. "I've never felt that way about a school before. I wanted to commit to Coach (Urban) Meyer in his office, but my father instructed me not to. He wanted me to let it sink in and see if I still felt that way later on so I took a break from recruiting. Last night I spoke with my parents about it and came to the decision of being a Buckeye."

It was quite a battle for the 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker's services between Ohio State and the Wolverines, but ultimately it was his comfort with a coach that really tipped the scales for the Buckeyes.

"I really think my relationship with Luke Fickell was the single most deciding factor," Berger explained. "He's great with my family and me and is a tremendous coach. He's coached great players and I want to be the next one."

Berger admitted that he never grew up dreaming of playing for Ohio State like some players from Ohio do, but throughout the process began to feel like it was the best place for him.

"I was not close-minded throughout this process", Berger said. "I was very open to the possibility of joining a few different programs. Ohio State just really began to feel like home, and there's a great opportunity to see the field and contribute to winning championships there.

The St. Ignatius product will be re-taking the ACT this weekend, which will prevent him from being able to attend Ohio State's spring game. However, Berger plans to return to Columbus in a few weeks to interact with the staff even more.

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