It’s easy to admire Brock Berglund’s enthusiasm, but it’s tough to see him accomplishing this particular goal.
Now that the Valor Christian quarterback has committed to attend the University of Colorado and play for coach Dan Hawkins or whomever might hold the job of head football coach in 2011, Berglund has set his sights on helping bring “the best class in 20 years” with him to Boulder.
Berglund, a life-long Buffs fan, committed to CU coaches late last month over offers from approximately 20 other schools. The other four at the top of his list were UCLA, Utah, Kansas and Duke.
Now he aims to convince other players to join him.
“I don’t think I’m going to limit myself to even the state,” Berglund said. “I’m going to go on Rivals and find the guys who are even interested in Colorado and I’m going to call them up and talk to them, and if CU is a fit for them, I want them to be at CU and be a Buff.
“I’m going to do my best to get this to be the best class in 20 years at CU.”
Plenty of CU fans would settle for just getting back into the top-40 after a year in which coaches put together a class ranked outside the top-50 when players signed in February.
It will be a difficult task considering CU is expected to sign a small freshmen class in 2011 of between 15 and 20 players. The class currently has only three members, Berglund, fellow quarterback Nick Sherry, of Petaluma, Calif., and offensive lineman Shaun Simon, a junior college player who signed with CU in 2009 but was ruled ineligible.
But like the coaching staff that earned his commitment, Berglund shouldn’t be counted out yet. He is the sort of young man who relishes a challenge.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound reigning state champion in Class 3A, first showed signs of a fierce competitive streak at an early age playing games with his family.
During a backyard kickball game when he was 10, Berglund decided to steal home with his younger brother, Brant, playing catcher. He stepped on his brother’s hand and broke his finger. Berglund tripped in the process and landed on some sod edging slicing his legs open. He ended up with 49 stitches. He was safe.
“We go at it pretty good,” he said. “We don’t take anything real easy around my house. I think it definitely carries over.”
Berglund has been involved in thousands of games and competition throughout his young life, playing football, baseball and basketball almost since he was old enough to say the words, and then adding track and field to his resume in high school.
He loves winning, but thrives on competition.
“Just the way I feel after I lose, it’s something like, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing that again,'” he said. “So I’ll go back and watch film or workout in the weight room. I’ll do a thousand things to make sure I don’t feel that way again.”
“I think that has always been the kind of competitive edge that I have.”
That mindset is part of what pushed him to choose to play for the Buffs. His passion for the program and relationships with its coaches also played a part.
Earning the starting job under center as a true freshman in a major college football program is no easy task. Yet, it is Berglund’s stated goal still a year before that competition will even start prior to the 2011 season.
When he arrives, Tyler Hansen should be entering his senior season with Nick Hirschman starting his second year in the program and Sherry competing for the job as well.
“When I’m a freshman, I’m going to go in there and I’m going to compete to be the starter,” Berglund said. “If that doesn’t happen, I’ll redshirt and every day at practice I’m going to take every rep like I’m the starter whether I’m with the first team or the fourth team. No matter what it looks like, I don’t care.
“I’m going to go in and compete and let it work itself out. I think that’s the easy way to do it.”