He has two more high school seasons left, but Don Bosco Prep (NJ) Class of 2020 athlete Jalen Berger is already in high demand. Now at 17 offers, Berger (6-feet, 190 pounds) already has his pick of many of the top football programs in the country.
Ohio State, Kentucky and Duke are the most recent programs to offer Berger, who has already taken some visits to get a sense of his options. But football isn’t always at the top, as he continues to pour over his suitors.
“I look at education first,” Berger said. “Not really football, but somewhere I can have a great education and be a successful person. I love a spread offense. Get me one-on-one with a linebacker or a safety, spread is always good.”
Berger was in Blacksburg last weekend for Virginia Tech’s second junior day of the year. The trip was his first to southwest Virginia and was an eye-opener in multiple ways.
“It was bigger than I imagined,” Berger said. “I wasn’t expecting a campus like that. It was actually a crazy campus. It’s just so spaced out. I wasn’t expecting to see everything like it was, like the stadium. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m definitely trying to get there soon.”
Assistant coaches Zohn Burden and Brian Mitchell have been recruiting Berger, and he caught up with both coaches during his trip.
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