July 25, 2016

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Ohio State football: Kyle Berger tears ACL, same as last year

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.

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.