Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore linebacker Tinashe Bere will have college programs from the across the country evaluating him this fall, but the rising junior will also be evaluating them. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bere has scheduled several campus visits for this fall.
"Me and my dad just sat down and planned it all out," Bere said. "I'll be looking to see my relationship with the coach and my chances of playing."
Bere's fall schedule currently includes game visits to Michigan State on Sept. 15, Illinois on Sept. 22, Cincinnati on Sept. 29 and Ohio State on Oct. 6. He also plans to attend games at West Virginia and Michigan, but does not have those dates set yet.
Illinois was the first school to offer Bere and his only offer heading into the fall. He was in Champaign earlier this summer to check out the Illini's campus.
"I liked it a lot there, and if I don't get anymore offers I'll be really excited to go to Illinois," Bere said. "They will be a strong contender because they came to me first and that means a lot to me."
Bere has been hearing from several more schools and his offer list could become more populated during and after his junior season.
"There are a lot of teams that want to see my first three games, so these first three games will decide whether I get more offers," Bere said.
Among the schools that have told Bere they will be evaluating him this fall for an offer are Cincinnati, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. Bere will reassume his middle linebacker role this fall and also could see spot duty at defensive end and fullback.
"I am very excited about the season because I feel we have a very good team," Bere said. "For myself, I feel like I am bigger, stronger and faster than I was last year and have more experience. I think I can have a breakout season."