"My junior season went pretty well and I think I had a good year," Bere stated. "I was a lot better as a junior, because I was a lot smarter player. I was involved in calling our defense on the field, and I did really well. I didn't get too blitz as much as I wanted, but I was better at reading what the offense was doing."
"I think I missed some tackles this year I could have made, and that's my goal for next season, to make more tackles," he explained.
With one offer to his credit, from Illinois, Bere is hearing from other top programs. He has also taken several unofficial visits.
"I've been getting a lot of mail and I've been invited to games by a lot of schools," he explained. "My only offer is Illinois, and I'm hearing from most of the Big Ten schools, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Washington and most of the MAC schools."
"I have a lot of interest in Cincinnati, because they're the hometown team," Bere continued. "I've visited Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois and West Virginia, and I'm interested in all of those schools."
"Right now, Illinois is my favorite school because they have offered," he said. "It was great when I visited there, even though they lost the game. I liked it a lot, and I can see myself playing there. The coaches are great and the see me as a middle linebacker, which is where everyone is recruiting me to play."
Bere, 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, made a name for himself as a sophomore when he registered 65 tackles and had 4.5 sacks. This season, as a junior, he recorded 110 tackles, with four sacks and four forced fumbles.