ZEELAND, Mich. – As an integral piece of the Zeeland East 2015 team, junior lineman Johnathan Berghorst has served several roles for the Chix so far. As a returning starting defensive end, Berhorst also made his season debut as the team’s starting left tackle. Since that time, Berghorst, a three-star prospect on 247Sports.com, has also played extensively at defensive tackle.
Berghorst’s versatility as a 6’3”, 245-pound athlete is appealing to many schools, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the highly regarded junior left his most recent visit with a new offer.
“I’m taking a lot of visits,” Berghorst told Today’s U. “I visited Illinois and Western Michigan. I’ve also visited Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and Toledo, who I got my third offer from. It’s been really good this season.”
Fresh off the Rocket’s campus, Berghorst recapped his Toledo visit and set the scene for the moment in which he picked up his third offer of the process so far.
“I arrived at campus and I went right into the building,” Berghorst said. “The assistant coach brought me upstairs and I met the defensive line coach. I talked for a little bit about what he had seen on my highlight tape, what he had seen from me and what he wants to see from me. I went right to coach Campbell’s office where we talked for a while about what he saw on the tape, what he knows about my grades and me off the field. He really broke down my tape and we watched a lot of it. He likes what he sees. I get double teamed a lot and I’m still making plays, so I’ve been having a really good season on both sides of the ball and he said he’s going to offer me.”
Berghorst describes the moment as “awesome” among a day full of positive experiences.
“After that we just took a tour of the place and it’s just been renovated,” Berghorst said. “It’s a really nice facility. Then I watched the game where they got the win and it was a really nice day.
Blessed to receive my 3rd offer from #24 Toledo Rockets! pic.twitter.com/n0o9c4VTc4
— Johnathan Berghorst (@J_Berghorst) October 10, 2015
“I was really excited because they are undefeated and ranked No. 24. They are a good team that keeps playing better and better. I bet they’ll be ranked even higher now that they got a win against Kent State. I was really excited about that.”
While on his visit, Berghorst used his opportunity as an additional chance to study his position and find new ways to refine his technique on the field.
“The defensive line played good,” Berghorst said. “They got some pressure on the quarterback and they blocked the middle. I was watching mostly the defensive tackle because that’s what I’ve been playing the last couple weeks. They split double teams and I get doubled teamed quite a bit, so that was my main thing I was watching. They did a pretty good job of it.”
As for the rest of the season, Berghorst has two schools that he plans on visiting in the near future with likely stops at two other Big Ten programs.
“I am probably going to go to Northwestern and Indiana,” Berghorst said. “Also Michigan State and Michigan have both invited me back through the mail. We will see, but probably those schools coming up.”
In the meantime, Berghorst is looking to lead his team to the playoffs as Zeeland East has two “winnable” games according to the junior lineman. The Chix will host Union this Friday at 7 p.m.