April 14, 2010

Berglund makes spring visits

Spring break allowed Valor Christian High School Quarterback Brock Berglund take visits to three more of the schools who have shown interest in the 6-foot-4, 205-pound signalcaller. The Denver quarterback visited Minnesota, UCLA and Colorado last month and came away impressed with all three.

The visits also helped him better put together an idea of what he is looking for in a college.

"The main thing I have realized is the people make the place," Berglund said. "If you are at a a place where you don't get along with the coaches and players and it isn't a place where you want to spend four years, it isn't a place you will succeed or thrive."

The scholarship offer list for Berglund includes Colorado State, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas and Kansas State. Berglund said Duke, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and others are waiting to offer until they can see him throw during spring practice May 10-22.

"A lot of coaches tell me they want to wait to see me throw in-person before they offer a scholarship," Berglund said.

Berglund completed 109-of-184 passes for 2,221 yards and 30 touchdowns with four interceptions during his junior campaign, which netted a state title for Valor. He also led the team with 903 yards and 14 scores on the ground. In the state title game this year he threw for 199 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Berglund said on Monday that he was impressed by his latest trip to the University of Minnesota, pointing out their facilities are second-to-none and added, "It was somewhere I could see myself at."

His trip to Colorado didn't bring any surprises - Berglund said he has been to CU for camps and to catch games at Folsom since age five. Berglund said UCLA has always been a "dream school," for him and the opportunity to talk with Coach Rick Neuheisel and Coach Norm Chow was fun.

Berglund said he plans on visiting UCLA again this summer, as well as Oregon, Arizona State, Kansas State, Colorado, Duke and Wyoming. He added that he had just sent out his highlight tape to schools in the Southeast Conference and that may lead to more visits.

"Right now it is a level playing field," Berglund said when asked if he had any favorites. "I am not sure what I want to do. I'm not the kind of guy who has to get out-of-state and I'm not the guy who says I want to stay close to hoe. I'm not treating CU or CSU any different to any other school."

Colorado State has sent Defensive Coordinator Larry Kerr to recruit Berglund. The Valor Quarterback said he was at Colorado State a couple months ago and has been on-campus for 7-on-7 tournaments. Both of his parents are Colorado State alumni and he has taken in several games at Hughes Stadium.

"I've always seen them play and it is close to home," Berglund said. "There is nothing negative there."

Another local school getting into the Berglund sweepstakes is the University of Wyoming. Berglund said he had a family reunion in Wyoming last summer and his family stopped to see the Cowboy facilities. He said he came away impressed.

"I talked to (Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo) and we talked about early playing time," Berglund said. "It is another school high on the radar screen. I got hand-written letters from every coach on their staff, which is pretty cool."

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