This week's scouting report is on Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger. The battle for Berger's services is reportedly down to Michigan vs. Ohio State. He is a SAM linebacker all the way, and Michigan needs to replenish the ranks of its SAM linebackers with just two certain ones on the roster right now - Cam Gordon (who will graduate after the upcoming season) and Jake Ryan (who is a redshirt junior). A couple other guys (Mike McCray II, Michael Ferns III) could play there, too. Berger's highlight reel on Hudl is a little long and could probably be condensed a little bit, but if you watch all the way through, you'll see him showing some impressive speed, an ability to hold the edge, and some pass rushing ability.
Scouting Report: Kyle Berger
I have it - from numerous sources - that his highlight footage is not long enough and should be expanded.
Your obsession is veeerrrrry undude.
But if it were from anyone else, your comment would be funny.
Do you really have sources, or are you just relaying insider info from 247???
I give him credit for putting out longer tape. Anyone can put together 20 good plays from a season.
I agree that a lot of decent players could put together 20 good plays. The highlights aren't intended to make Magnus from Touch the Banner happy, so I don't have a problem with the longer highlights...but lots of people probably won't make it to the end.
Magnus from MGoBlog: "The highlights aren't intended to make Magnus from Touch the Banner happy"
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. :-)
Another RDT perhaps? hmmm...
I think Magnus is on the level. Just grouchy at times. But loveable. :-)
What's the story behind RDT? I remember him posting, and I recall he seemed reasonable. Was he a lurking troll like "Husker4Life" (if I remember the name)?
I joked because Magnus referred to himself in the third person. I also think that Magnus is totally on the level. I enjoy his contributions here and I visit his blog with some regularity. I appreciate his perspective.
RDT was posting as a fan from Alabama that was surfing MGoblog as a way to get to know our team and fanbase better. He purported to have some insider information, most notably on Ty Isaac. That would have been cool, except he was also posting as Wolverineinabag.
Although it looks like RDT's comments have been removed, here's where he was outed:
Aw, thanks, Don.
He's obviously ranked higher than Jake Ryan was coming out of St. Ignatius -- has Berger's coach compared him at this stage in his career to how Ryan was in high school? I know you said he reminds you of Jake Ryan -- but is he having more success at St. Ignatius than Ryan had?
IIRC, JMFR missed most of his junior year to injury, so it might be tough to compare.
Thanks for using JMFR, WolvinLA2. I love that. How bad-ass of a nickname is that?
The baddest ass.
Though it is a Jack Johnson rip off.
It's better than the other option for a nickname, which was Bubble Toes.
I would have liked Bubble Toes. It's as simple as something that nobody knows.
Aside - when JMFJ played for the Kings, fans still called him JMFJ. There even t-shirts that said it. I thought that was cool.
Berger is getting a lot more college attention, and Michigan's coaches gave a presentation for Berger in which they showed him how they want to use him like Jake Ryan. So I'm not the only one who sees it (along with other Michigan fans who have said the same thing). The coaches see it, too. And as WolvinLA2 said, Ryan had some injury issues that sort of kept him off a lot of people's radar.
Thanks Magnus, if you didnt post this scouting reports I wouldnt get much info since I dont have spare time to surf the web. Very much appreciated.
Fred Jackson says Kyle Berger is like Jake Ryan...only bigger, faster, and made of steel
Right. The next 6' 3", 210 lb LB coming out of Cleveland St. Ignatius will be even bigger, even faster, and made of titanium.
i'll take another jake ryan
Is he leaning towards Ohio or UM at the moment?
He was supposedly leaning toward OSU prior to his recent visit, and now the two schools seem to be neck-and-neck.
One point that I would add after the highlight film (long enough for a full box of popcorn) is his closing ability.
He anticipates well and really closes hard in the backfield - indicates a " hunter's instinct" much like Ryan.
Very few HS kids have the ability/mindset needed to close aggressively and many elite kids struggle in this area.
He fits Mattison's model.
Yeah, he's be a good pick up. I'd like him and Nyles Morgan to finish off our LBs.
I want the coaches offer Clifton Garrett. Supposedly, Michigan isn't showing much interest because they already have their MIKE (Ferns) for the class of 2014.
Yeah, he looks like the best LB in the Midwest. That dude rips people's heads off. I hope if we don't go after him he goes to not-OSU.
Is that correct? That's pretty danged impressive. I'd love to see him join this class. We can always use another Jake Ryan.
That's what it says on his 247 Sports profile...
Watched the video. He definetely sheds blocks well; covers the edge well; fast; never gives up on a play. Definetely a SAM. In some ways his film reminds me of James Ross's film due to his 'everywhereness', obviuosly different size, style and position. I hope we get him. Thanks for the scouting report, Magnus.
Any of you can do what Magnus does #1 look at highlight reels and have an opinion. #2 set up google searches for every recruit and regurgitate what you've "heard" #3 Attend Nike coaching clinics and critique those who are actually coaches for college programs #4 post
Also, when will this board stop with Fred Jackson jokes - even for the younger generation this was perhaps still original 3 years ago (que Fred Jackson comments on what I just said by a zany poster)
Wow! Did someone wake up with a case of the red-ass this morning?
Thanks for going Jim Rome on us there too. Are you part of his XR4TI crew?
If anyone else has any kind of life at all, who would have time to do that? It's because of his profession that he's able to provide us with this information free of charge. What's wrong with showing a little gratitude?
As far as the Fred Jackson jokes go, fuck off. Those will always be funny.
Believe what you want uber fan. Fred Jackson thinks you are like the North Koreans only more docile.
need a hug.
Actually, no. I can't do any of the stuff you mentioned besides post, most of the time. Why? I'm busy. When I get a couple spare minutes in between meetings I might check this blog, and if I'm lucky I get a couple extra minutes to put something on here that's entirely pointless, irrelevant and filled with typo's and bad grammar.
Even if I agreed that what you said is true, if someone else did everything that Magnus does, I would probably read that too. Now, that person would have to have a solid football knowledge like Magnus does as well. So if another person wanted to take the time to do all that like Magnus does, I would most likely read it and appreciate it.
If someone came to my house and washed my car for free, I wouldn't say, "Oh who cares, anyone with soap and a brush could have done that just as we'll." No, I would thank them for washing my car because I like clean car and I didn't have to pay someone to do it or put in the work myself.
So yeah, I just compared Magnus to a free car wash, but I think the analogy works. Is it the best thing ever? Nope, but unless you have a ton of money to throw around, who's gonna turn down a free car wash?
I hate when people post "LOL", but seriously, this made me laugh.
For the record, I don't wash cars for free.
I do, however, accept payment in the form of high fives and smiles.
The reason his highlight film is so long is because it shows the same plays at multiple angles