Bergers first offer comes with intrigue

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HAYWARD, Calif. - With his brother already signed to play for Boise State next year and his own offer from the Broncos in tow, Drew Berger understands why his recruitment seems like it could be a simple process.
Berger, an inside linebacker at Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) High School, disputes that notion, though. According to him, the situation might not be as open-and-shut as it seems. For now, Boise State represents his lone scholarship offer. But if other involved schools start making things official, things could take quick turn.
"I have Oregon, USC, UCLA, Missouri, Washington and Washington State talking to me," Berger said. "I have a visit to Washington State in the next three weeks. I'm going back to Boise for the spring game and I'm actually going to USC next week."
Berger, who turned in a solid performance that included a pair of interceptions at the Northern California stop of the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under-Armour, is garnering increasing college interest. And while his Boise State-bound brother, tight end Chase Blakley, would certainly like him to follow his footsteps, this decision will be uniquely Berger's.
Pressure to cave to family ties? The three-star linebacker says it doesn't exist. But that's not to imply the in-state school doesn't have its appeal.
"I'm still looking around, but I really like it up at Boise," Berger said. "The new staff has a lot of energy and it's fast paced. I really like it. I really like it a lot."
Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin and defensive coordinator Marcel Yates are spearheading Berger's recruitment for the Broncos.
Berger, who plays running back in addition to linebacker on the high school level, would prefer to play both sides of the ball in college. Still, he is seeing most recruiting attention at linebacker and does anticipate getting the opportunity to see reps on offense.
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