Berglund goes back under center

Ex-Valor Christian star QB seeks a fresh start after his KU collapse

From Valor Christian to Colorado to Kansas, it’s been a tough post-prep road for highly touted quarterback Brock Berglund. He originally committed to Colorado, backed out, signed with Kansas, had a falling out, and now the former Highlands Ranch-area high school star is looking downfield for a fresh start. Enlarge photo

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From Valor Christian to Colorado to Kansas, it’s been a tough post-prep road for highly touted quarterback Brock Berglund. He originally committed to Colorado, backed out, signed with Kansas, had a falling out, and now the former Highlands Ranch-area high school star is looking downfield for a fresh start.

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Highly touted quarterback Brock Berglund won’t rush to make a snap decision on his next school.

Since being granted his release from the University of Kansas in January, Berglund has been roaming the country in search of just the right campus and just the right fit for his talented right arm.

He’s been given a second chance to make another impression, and he’s carefully weighing his options.

So far, Berglund has talked to at least one coach from every major conference in the nation. He’s set to take an official visit at Mississippi next weekend after already chatting with schools such as UCLA, UNLV, Miami and Utah.

Oh, and he also made a stop at Liberty University, the only program in the Football Championship Subdivision he’s considering. And that’s only because of his relationship with Flames’ coach Turner Gill, who recruited Berglund to Kansas before being fired.

This time around, Berglund feels more educated about the recruiting process. When he was at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Berglund easily was impressed – by a weight room, practice facility or a campus.

Now, the 19-year-old is making more of a business decision: Does the coach’s style fit his game? Is it a stable environment? Does it feel right?

“It’s so different with what matters this time,” Berglund said in a phone interview. “I just want a place where I feel comfortable.”

Understandable, especially after his public spat with the Jayhawks.

Soon after Charlie Weis was brought on as the new coach at Kansas, he denied Berglund’s release without giving a reason, prompting Berglund to seek legal representation.

The school’s student-athlete appeals board eventually ruled in Berglund’s favor.

Berglund’s time at Kansas was tumultuous. He didn’t practice with the Jayhawks last season as he dealt with an assault charge, which since has been dismissed.

And because of some technicalities concerning his enrollment at Kansas, Berglund said he might still get five years to play with his new school and that the mandatory transfer rule – where he has to sit out a year – may be re-examined as well. He and his attorney are talking to the NCAA about those issues.

Coming out of high school, Berglund was a coveted four-star recruit who received interest from schools such as UCLA, Boise State and Vanderbilt. He originally committed to Colorado but backed out after the Buffaloes fired coach Dan Hawkins.

On the market again, he’s receiving just as many looks. He said he’s also visited with North Texas, Florida International and SMU. The Buffaloes haven’t reached out to him.

“At this point, I really don’t have a pecking order,” Berglund said. “I’ve just started on the trail here. I’m really prioritizing my reasons, focusing on compiling data. There’s no rush.”

Berglund’s not picky about the style of offense he wants to play or how many quarterbacks a school already may have on the roster. He just wants a fair chance to step on the field and compete.

“At this point, just short of the triple-option, I can work my way into the offense,” Berglund said. “The spread, West Coast, it doesn’t matter so much the offense; I have time to learn it. I feel like I can adapt.”