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Jeff Berk – The O-line/D-line Academy


I have worked with Southwest Ohio scouting/evaluation guy Dave Berk for many years. He does an excellent job of evaluating high school football talent and now is helping college prospects with the recruiting process.

Many, many football seasons ago, I wrote about his younger brother, Jeff who played at Wayne High School and went on to West Virginia University to have an excellent career. Jeff is now the high school principal at Wayne HS.

Jeff, over the past few years, has worked with linemen to help them get better. Although he, along with Dave, focus on offensive linemen, they do work with D-line guys, as well. The program available to high school players is called “Blocker Offensive Lineman Academy.

Most of the 90 minutes was spent preparing  for the Best of the Midwest camp to be held in Indianapolis on Monday,  February 19. This weekend, some of the linemen are headed to Michigan to an OL/DL Camp. A lot of 1on1 competition. During the other camp times, the players work on fundamentals and drills.

I recognized some of the players competing last Saturday. Some I met for the first time.

Jay Amburgey

Jay Amburgey (2019) plays for Reynoldsburg HS. Started his career on the defensive line. Now he is working as an offensive lineman. Long, guessin 6’5-265, with plenty of room to add good weight/strength. Really like his athleticism and agility. The more reps the better he will be back next season. Getting some early offers, but more will come in the spring and during summer camps. Good frame.

Luke Lane (2019) has actually lost some weight, since I saw him last fall. He plays both ways for Lebanon HS, Guessin 6’4-285. He has improved his agility and balance. Needs to be more flexible and maybe lost just a few more pounds. I will say that his aggressiveness is one of his strengths. Needs to continue to work on technique and bending. More impressed with him, Saturday, than last fall. Good prospect.

Although I saw Jack Kirby last fall playing for St Xavier, actually starting for St X. Only a sophomore, but a physical player, Guessin 6’3-285, he needs to refine his body. He has lost some weight, but needs to get upper body stronger. A starter for St X as a 10th grader is pretty good. Saturday, he looked explosive. More athletic than I expected. As he improves, he should one of the better OL guys in his 2020 Class.

Jack Kirby

Also watched Ian Drummond (2019) a TE from Olentangy HS, workout. Always been a tight end, but if he gets bigger, I could see him putting his hand down at DE. Long and has frame to add weight. Also like his competitive attitude and effort.

Really do not know Dalton Ford, but I am becoming more and familiar with him. Watched his HUDL hi-lites and like his movement. Dalton plays for a smaller school program, but guessin 6’3-290. With that size, he deserves some attention. Right now, he needs to lose some weight. Only a sophomore, and he shows some potential.

Always like to see high school players making the effort to get better. If they have the time and money, most extra training is worth the effort.

I thank Jeff Berk for letting me watch the workout. Just like the players, if I have the time, I like to get better in what I do. There are so many “self proclaimed” expert evaluators, I have to work to keep up with them.

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