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 at the University of Florida.

Photo: Scott Reed - Malik Zaire

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.

Madonna HC Brian Foos

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.


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.