GJ’s Berk headed to CSU for football

Austin Berk, a junior at Grand Junction High School, has verbally committed to play football at Colorado State University.

Berk, who was named to the Class 5A All-State team last fall, had 10 1/2 sacks, 52 tackles, four pass deflections, an interception and three fumble recoveries.

CSU offered Berk, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end and tight end, a full-ride scholarship.

Berk expects to play defensive end at CSU.

Berk’s top choice soon after this past football season was the University of Colorado. But Berk said CU stopped contacting him. “They seemed to not care about me,” Berk said.

On the other hand, Berk said Colorado State University’s new head coach Jim McElwain showed interest from the first time Berk was contacted.

“They talked to me on a weekly basis,” Berk said. “I’m their first commit for this year. They said I’ll hold a special spot because I am their first true commit.”

In fact, Berk said CSU offered him a scholarship one week after talking to him.

“They just acted like they had true emotion and really wanted me to play there,” Berk said.

Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said Berk has tremendous potential.

“I think mentally he has to get tougher,” Owens said. “But he just has great ability.”


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