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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 3/22 - Kyle Berger update

Urban Meyer dished out a couple of new offers Thursday and 2014 linebacker Kyle Berger breaks down what he is looking forward to seeing during his forthcoming weekend visit to Columbus.

St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger can't wait to watch Ohio State practice this weekend.
St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger can't wait to watch Ohio State practice this weekend.

One of the visitors the Buckeyes will have on campus this weekend is All-Ohio linebacker Kyle Berger of Cleveland St. Ignatius. The 6-3 205 pound Berger is no stranger to Columbus; he has already been on numerous trips to Ohio State which led to him getting acquainted with a few names you might have heard of. "I have a great relationship with Coach Fickell, as well as being good friends with [ex-teammate] Blake Thomas and Tommy Schutt," Berger told Land-Grant Holy Land. Even though Kyle loves the winning mentality Coach Meyer brings to the table, he can't wait to see the staff up close and personal during practice. "I'm really excited to see the coaches in action".

Racking up an impressive 10 sacks last season, Berger's play was a key reason why St. Ignatius made it all the way to the state title game. The Buckeyes might have been one of the first to offer Kyle but many soon followed: Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee are just some of the teams to offer Berger a full ride. With tons of coaches trying to land the services of Berger, this weekend, he wants to try to get a better feel for Ohio State. "Seeing spring practices and watching the coaches will be a big part of my decision making," Kyle said. "I'm looking to see if I am able to picture myself at these practices in a few years and if I can see myself being coached by these coaches, so I'm really excited for this visit".

Even though the four-star prospect loves how big the Ohio State campus is, this weekend's visit won't be his last. Berger will be in Knoxville Monday and Tuesday to see what Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers have to offer. You can check out what Kyle Berger would prospectively bring to the Buckeyes by checking out these highlights here.

After visiting Ohio State earlier this month, Sam Hubbard had the chance to watch the football team practice and meet with the coaches. On Thursday, the staff offered the 6-6 225 pounder. An Ohio native, Hubbard told Allen Trieu of that the Buckeye offer is "the one he's been waiting for". The Notre Dame lacrosse commit has watched his football recruitment take off after an impressive junior campaign where he accounted for over 70 tackles and was a key part of a Cincinnati Moeller State Championship run. Boston College, Louisville, Stanford and Illinois are a few of the other schools that have offered the multi-sport star. Sam might play safety for Moeller, but many feel his future at the next level will be at linebacker or defensive end, with some scouts feeling Hubbard could grow to well over 250 pounds in the next few years.

With two 2014 offensive line recruits already verbally committed and plenty of others showing high interest, that's not keeping the Ohio State football staff from offering one of the top class of 2015 tackles. Drew Richmond of University School in Memphis also received a scholarship offer from Ohio State Thursday afternoon. The 6-6 320 pound Richmond is putting together an impressive offer list with the Bucks joining the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi and Tennessee. Living in Tennessee hasn't kept Drew from being a life long Buckeye fan; the 6-6 320 pounder told Brad Bournival of the ESPN affiliated site Buckeye Nation that his Ohio State offer was a "dream come true," and even took to his Twitter page to show his excitement:

Olney, Maryland native and Good Counsel High lineman Sam Mustipher has just about every school in the country after him. Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and West Virginia are just some of the schools on what's rapidly becoming a massive list. A stud on both sides of the ball, in January, the 6-4 285 pound Mustipher told our Zach Clark that Ohio State was recruiting him on offense and that he was in contact with the Buckeye boss Urban Meyer at least once a month. A couple of months later, that still seems to be the case:

Mustipher isn't the only lineman that heard from Coach Meyer Thursday. Junior college offensive tackle Chad Mavety also had the pleasure to chat it up with Urban. The 6-6 320 pound beast has a long list of scholarship offers that include the Buckeyes, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and a gang of other schools. Mavety talked with our Ian Cuevas earlier this week and told him the following when it comes to his Ohio State recruitment: "I talk to coach Meyer and offensive line coach Warinner at least once a week. Both of them want to start a realationship with me so that I feel more comfortable about Ohio State. Recently, they told me I'm their number one tackle on their board." From the sounds of things, Mavety's recruitment is something all Buckeye fans should keep an eye on.

In Ohio State basketball recruiting news, 2016 guard VJ King scored 14 points in a 70-51 victory over Warren Thursday evening. The win advances the Irish to the OHSAA division II state championship game Saturday afternoon versus Bishop Watterson at Value City Arena on the Ohio State University campus. Only a freshman, the 6-6 185 pound King already has offers from B1G powers Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Check out some highlights of VJ King below: