The Dave Berk Podcast

The Dave Berk Podcast

By Dave Berk
Dave Berk brings a vast knowledge of football from his time at Scout.com (2002-2016) and now with FirstStarFootballReport.com sponsored by First Star Logistics.
During his career, Dave has appeared on The NFL Network, FOX Sports Ohio, Time Warner Sports, JT The Brick, Sporting News Radio, FOX Sports Radio, 700 WLW and many more.
Dave launched a network-wide podcast on Scout.com with recruiting experts, team publishers, and recruits. Dave understands the importance of bringing a fresh opinion to his newly launched The Dave Berk Podcast.
You can message Dave at staff@firststarfootballreport.com
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Heath Harding One-on-One
Dave Berk speaks with former Miami RedHawks standout defensive back Heath Harding about his football career at the prep and college level, going through the recruiting process and how he learned to overcome adversity during each step of the process that continues to help him today. Heath was an All-Mid-American Conference award winner during his career after playing in high school at Dayton Christian where some advised him to leave for a bigger high school program to achieve his recruiting goals. During his prep career, Heath rushed for 5,124 yards and 102 touchdowns and was an Ohio Mr. Football nominee. However, college coaches didn't seem to like Heath as a running back and after being advised to camp as a defensive back, Heath earned several scholarships to Division One FBS programs before selecting Miami University.
32:29
May 14, 2020
2019 OHSAA Division I Region 4 Playoffs Episode #8
We look at all four games in Division I Region 4 of the 2019 OHSAA football playoffs as Round One play gets underway on Friday night. We'll discuss the following games. #8 MASON (5-5) @ #1 ST. XAVIER (8-2) #5 LAKOTA WEST (7-3) @ #4 ELDER (8-2) #7 HAMILTON (5-5) @ #2 FAIRFIELD (9-1) #6 PRINCETON (6-4) @ #3 COLERAIN (9-1)
23:49
November 7, 2019
OHSAA Football Playoffs Division I Region Two Episode #7
The regular season is over and we move forward with five weeks of football action that will see seven state championships crowned in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. We start with a look at Division I Region 2 action that will see three teams from Southwest Ohio, No. 1 seed Springfield, No. 5 seed Springboro and No. 7 seed Northmont take the field on Friday night.
16:01
November 6, 2019
Dave Berk Podcast Episode #6
Let the talk begin as head coaches in the National Football League and College Football have started to receive their walking papers. What does that mean? Yes, your head coach may soon be looking to leave the university you love for another job. We look at three schools already hearing talk as Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has seen some mentions as a possible future NFL head coach along with University of Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and University of Toledo's head coach Jason Candle both look like top names to watch when the college football regular season ends. We also take a quick look at some Southwest Ohio high school football as we talk about several programs, conference races and players making an impact on their teams.
14:45
October 10, 2019
Dave Berk on 700 WLW with Chick Lugwig
On Monday September 2, 2019… Dave Berk appeared on 700 WLW Sports Talk with host Chick Ludwig talking high school and college football. TOPICS COVERED Football Under Attack Cincinnati Bearcats Football Recruiting Success Top Performers in Southwest Ohio high school football Week 1 Teams to Watch in Southwest Ohio
14:05
September 3, 2019
Dave Berk Podcast: Quick Hit - Can Braxton Miller Get His NFL Career Going?
Former Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne and Ohio State Buckeye standout Braxton Miller was signed by the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. Can Miller get his NFL career on track with the Browns? We look at what Miller has done so far during his pro career and what must happen if he's to make the Browns opening 53 man roster in this Dave Berk Podcast - Quick Hit...
05:06
August 21, 2019
Dave Berk Podcast Episode #5 "STARK VILLAIN" Steve Robertson & Ricky Davis
Two special guests joined The Dave Berk Podcast as Middletown (Ohio) Madison head football coach Ricky Davis takes over the program at the young age of 25. Coach Davis talks about getting his first head coaching job, his team and more during our visit. Then we connect with Steve Robertson “AKA” The Stark Villain, down in Starkville, Mississippi. Steve covers Mississippi State on Genespage.com on the 247 Sports Network. He’s a longtime recruiting analyst for the state of Mississippi but made big news a year ago when he released his first book, Flim Flam, exposing the truth behind the culture of Ole Miss football that led to an explosive NCAA investigation.  Steve also talks about his newest book, Stark Villains that will soon be released and talks about what type of team the Bulldogs will have in 2019.
43:25
August 14, 2019
The Dave Berk Podcast Episode #4 Early Recruiting With Mike Kostoff
Parents are feeling the pressure of football recruiting as early as Junior High. In episode #4 of The Dave Berk Podcast.  In this episode Dave is joined by good friend Mike Kostoff of Total Student Athlete.  Mike is a former college football coach who is now an educator in Michigan and has spoken at many recruiting seminars with Dave over the years. Mike also produced Win All Four, a workbook and guide to be used by parents and student-athletes during their four years of high school to help them stay up to date on where the student athletes stands with NCAA requirements. The podcast is broken down into three main sections. In the first section, Mike and Dave talk about what parents of Junior High students should be thinking about when it comes to recruiting. In the second part of the podcast, they discuss a major injustice against Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, a senior prospect committed to Northwestern and Pat Fitzgerald. Yaseen, who is ranked as high as the No. 8 player in the state of Michigan, was ruled ineligible to play this fall because he took freshman classes while being homeschooled in eighth grade prior to enrolling at Walled Lake Western High School. To close out this episode of the podcast, the discussion turns to those student-athletes heading into their freshman years in the next few weeks. To purchase Win All Four, please follow this link. WIN ALL FOUR
53:25
August 13, 2019
The Dave Berk Podcast Episode #3 High School Football - Backyard Blitz - Purdue & Kentucky Football
Episode #3 of The Dave Berk Podcast is jammed packed with football talk. We start with what Southwest Ohio public school conference has played the best football over the past three seasons as some feel the Greater Miami Conference might be the best. Kicking off the season will be The Backyard Blitz with two games the first weekend of the season and we’re joined by founder Eric Horstman to talk more about putting on such a great event. We switch over to college football talk with looks at the Purdue Boilermakers and Kentucky Wildcats. We give our quick look before being joined by Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier who has covered the Boilermakers for many years. Braxton Howard of BigBlueBanter.com will give us a look at how Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will look to replace a lot of graduated talent after a great season a year ago.
1:16:06
August 13, 2019
THE DAVE BERK PODCAST EPISODE #2 HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK
Episode #2 of The Dave Berk Podcast we talk Southwest Ohio Division One high school football with Five Big Story Lines as we discuss Princeton, Lakota West, Colerain, Huber Heights Wayne and St. Xavier football. We kickoff our look at college football with quick looks at two teams. The Pitt Panthers out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the West Virginia Mountaineers out of the Big 12 Conference. We're also joined by Kevin Kinder of BlueGoldNews.com to discuss the changes within the Mountaineer program and how this season shapes up as the Mountaineer program welcomes a new coaching staff and the need to replace some key players from last season.
37:13
August 9, 2019
Quick Hit Malik Zaire on Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi
In the first episode of The Dave Berk Podcast, guest Malik Zaire was asked what advice he'd give young people looking to play the game of football past high school. Malik wasted little time in talking about Cleveland Browns wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi on Wednesday.  Thursday night, Sheehy-Guiseppi scored his first NFL touchdown on an 86-yard punt return.  Listen to Malik Zaire talk about his friend in this quick hit from The Dave Berk Podcast.
03:34
August 9, 2019
Kickoff The Dave Berk Podcast Episode #1
What better way to kick off the very first The Dave Berk Podcast then talking with former four-star quarterback Malik Zaire from Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter High School. Zaire took his game to Notre Dame before finishing the University of Florida.  Malik goes back and talks about growing up with his father as his coach and what led him to Alter instead of his local high school. He also talks about an early life lesson when many wanted him to leave Alter prior to his senior season and return to his local school.  Learn more about how Malik had thoughts of heading to The Ohio State University before the Irish won out in his recruiting. Also discussed the highs and lows of his college career and how everything he'd done prior to Notre Dame helped him once he arrived on campus. What's it like to play for Brian Kelly?  What big news did Malik receive as for the work he'll be doing this fall? We asked Malik those questions and more in this exclusive One-on-One interview. We’re also joined on the podcast by Madonna University head coach Brian Foos. Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan hired Coach Foos to build the Crusader's football program from scratch. Learn more about Coach Foos and the newest NAIA football program gearing up to play in 2020.
57:22
August 8, 2019
The Dave Berk Podcast Is Coming
Just a quick note from Dave Berk on his all new podcast, The Dave Berk Podcast where he'll be talking high school football, football recruiting, college football and NFL football. Stay tuned for the first episode coming soon.
02:29
August 7, 2019