Lineman From Tennessee Says AU's His Leader

An offensive lineman discusses his recruiting and why Auburn is his leader.

Brentwood, Tenn.--This recruiting season the Auburn Tigers will be looking for help on the offensive line and one of the players that they have shown interest in is big Mike Berry from Brentwood Academy, which is located just outside of Nashville.

A 6-2, 1/2, 296-pounder, who has a vertical leap of 30 inches and quick feet, Berry says that after attending a camp in Auburn in June that the Tigers are his favorite team.

"The camp went great," Berry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I went out there and Coach (Hugh) Nall kind of took me under his wings. I learned a lot. It was a pretty good experience. I feel like I got better by going to the Auburn camp so it was a real good experience.

"I got to know the coaches a little bit better so overall it was a very good experience," he adds. "I think it's very important (to attend camps) because those are the people you are going to be spending four years with."

Berry was a standout among a group of nearly 400 high school players who attended a two-day football camp on the Auburn campus.

"Right now Auburn is my number one because they just offered me," the lineman adds. "Then I would say Kentucky and Vanderbilt are up there with Tennessee and Wake Forest. Coach Nall told me he liked what he saw in camp and told me he was going to offer me a full scholarship.

"I really like Coach Nall and the way he is. He's straightforward and he knows how it's going to be. That is the number one thing I like about Auburn. I like the overall people that are there. I feel like it's a good fit."

In addition to already having a good relationship with Nall and several of the Auburn coaches, Berry has the added comfort of knowing several players currently on the team. Former Brentwood Academy stars fullback Jake Slaughter, kicker John Vaughn, punter Kody Bliss, offensive tackle King Dunlap and deep snapper Pete Compton currently play for the Tigers, something that Berry says is a big plus for Auburn's chances of landing him. All but Dunlap, who is a backup to All-American left tackle Marcus McNeill, are starters.

"It makes Auburn real attractive to me," Berry says. "It has been a good fit for all of the guys that came from my high school."

A starter since his sophomore season at offensive tackle, Berry had a dominating junior year for Brentwood Academy in 2004 when he had 60 pancake blocks on offense and also contributed 15 tackles in limited duty on defense. Looking at him it is easy to see the power he possesses at the point of attack and he says that is his strength as an offensive lineman.

"I think run blocking is my greatest thing I do on the field," Berry says. "I am real aggressive on the field. That is what I like to do. At the same time I think I have great feet so I think I'm a pretty good pass blocker."

Berry, who has camped at Louisville and Kentucky already this summer, says that right now he's relaxing and preparing for his senior season. He says he doesn't plan on making an early decision, but that could change if the time feels right.

"Right now the way I'm feeling I want to just test the waters and see who is out there," he says. "But, Auburn is always number one. Right now I'm just trying to see what my best option is."


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