April 8, 2008

Berry planning double duty on Saturday

Miami (Fla.) Miami Palmetto running back Jaamal Berry is hardly a new name on the recruiting scene. He has been steadily climbing up recruiting boards and piling up offers throughout the spring. This past Sunday at the Miami NIKE Combine, Berry reaffirmed the reasons that so many schools have come knocking by dominating the event. After picking up yet another offer early this week, Berry is slated for another busy weekend.

"I got the West Virginia offer yesterday," Berry said. "Doc Holliday told me about it. I was excited about it because I know that running back Noel Devine plays for them. I used to watch him in high school and look up to him because he was the best I've ever seen on film."

The new blood in the West Virginia backfield is what excites Berry and though he has an appreciation for the reputation that has been built in Morgantown, a lot of college football is new to him.

"I've seen Steve Slaton play a couple times and that QB Pat White. Usually before, I watched the NFL. I didn't really start watching college until recently."

With as many schools as have shown interest, Berry will have a lot of schools to pay close attention to. This weekend he will be taking a closer look at two.

"I'm going to the Florida and Florida State Spring Games," he said. "Florida State's is at 7:00 and Florida's is at 1. I'm going to try to catch both of them. I'm gonna call the coaches and let them know as soon as I get off the phone with you."

Berry will be looking at the programs with Rivals250 member and friend Eugene Smith. Smith quarterbacks at Miramar High School and has offers from around the country.

"I'll be looking at how they use the backs and how I fit in their atmosphere," Berry explained. "I think I could fit in any offense but I still want to see how they use the running backs and how many carries they get. Basically I'm going to observe everything about the team."

Following the Florida/Florida State weekend, Berry will be heading up to Ohio State to take in the Buckeyes' Spring Game.

"I'm just working out and I'm still going to Ohio State next weekend," he said. "I heard it's good up there. I talked to (Etienne) Sabino and he said he loves it up there."

There could be more good news on the way for Berry who expects another big offer this week. Aside from that though, Berry is just happy to compete like he did in Miami at the NIKE Camp.

"I love competing like that," he said. "That's my favorite thing is just competing."


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