The very injury that cut Kyle Berger’s senior season short at St. Ignatius last year looks like it has wiped out his first year at Ohio State as well.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Medina resident missed his last year with the Wildcats when he tore his left ACL while trying to make a tackle on 2015 Ohio State pledge Eric Glover-Williams in a scrimmage against Canton McKinley on Aug. 23, 2013.
Almost a year later, it appears the outside linebacker has re-torn the ACL, as he went to Twitter on Monday night to deliver the news.
“Tore my ACL again… BUT ready for round 2!! Let’s get it @CoacMickMarotti #notdeadcantquit,” his official Twitter account said.
Given his long road back, Berger might have been a redshirt freshman this season. Now, it looks like that is almost certain.
As a high school junior, Berger jumped into the forefront of Division I college scouts everywhere after a season where he logged 105 tackles — 44 for loss — and registered 10½ sacks.
He committed to Ohio State on April 8, 2013, choosing the Buckeyes over Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia.
A four-star recruit, Berger was ranked No. 157 in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was considered the 10th-best linebacker in the nation. He was also ranked the fifth-best player in Ohio.
Berger was part of a 2014 Ohio State recruiting class known for its linebackers. Five-star inside backer Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga.), four-star outside backer and Ohio Mr. Football Dante Booker (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and four-star outside backer Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati Moeller) were the talk of college football on national signing day in February.
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