Berger is a talented linebacker recruit, so he's a big commitment for Meyer and the Buckeyes to land. He's 6'3'', 205 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 14 outside linebacker in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's also the No. 6 ranked player from the state of Ohio (247Sports Composite), so he's a big in-state commitment for the Buckeyes.
Brad Bournival of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
In-state recruiting is oftentimes seen as one of the most important aspects of building a great program, so it's very much so worth noting that Berger is one of five state-of-Ohio recruits committed to Ohio State so far. Considering that the total number of recruits committed is seven, that's a great sign for the Buckeyes.
What skill set is Berger bringing to the table for Ohio State?
His size is notable, but where he'll really stand out is with his speed. He has good quickness and instincts that will allow him to be extremely effective as an outside linebacker, especially on the edges and in pursuit.
He never gives up on a play, especially in backside pursuit, and he'll make a ton of plays coming from the weak side in an effort to clean up. It may not be highlight-reel material, but his hustle on tape is undeniable as is his ability to track down a long run—potentially saving scores.
Berger will also be able to set the edge as an outside linebacker and contain the spill.
This basically means that he can fit off the end and make a tackle in the lane when the running back tries to get the edge. While his speed is his greatest feature, he also displays enough strength to take on lead blockers, keep his outside shoulder free, rip off and make a good tackle. He should also be able to "two gap" a blocker and rip off to the running back in a power or iso situation.
His speed will also come into play as a pass-rusher, as will his constant motor. His quickness will allow him to get after the quarterback and his strength will help him combat blockers on the weak side, specially running backs.
I expect he'll make an impact right away on special teams because of his ability to pursue and hustle, and from there he has the raw intangibles to put himself in the position to work his way onto the field as an outside linebacker.
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