Football Prospect Says AU Is His Favorite

This talented football prospect talks about his reasons for keeping Auburn at the top of his list.

Nashville, Tenn.–-One of the areas that Auburn will be focusing on in recruiting this year is on the offensive line and a player high on the list for several teams, including the Tigers, is Mike Berry from Brentwood Academy.

A standout at one of Auburn's summer camps, Berry said at the time that the Tigers were the leader for his services. Following a summer to think about things and check out several other schools he says that nothing has changed except that he's added a school to his list.

"I have offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State," Berry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is still my leader. I just like the coaching staff and the people in the school. I haven't talked with the Auburn coaches recently because they can't call me, but I have been meaning to call them. Everybody else is pretty even."

Mike Berry

Following a summer camp visit to Starkville to check out the Bulldog program in July, Berry says that he's added MSU to his list, but he's still not ready to make a decision just yet.

"I went to the Mississippi State camp," Berry says. "It was sometime in July. I kind of like their program. I like Coach Croom. Right now I'm just looking at all my options and keeping them open. I'll probably make my decision in the future, but not too soon."

When Berry made his visit to Auburn back in June it was clearly apparent that he would be a player to watch as this season progresses. At 6-3, 295 with good feet and explosiveness, Berry could play either guard or possibly center on the next level. He says that his visit to Auburn gave him some good advice which he's used to help his game improve.

"I'm mainly working on pass blocking," Berry says. "I'm just working on getting my pass blocking skills up to par. I got some help with that this summer at the camps. Probably the best tip I got was the one Coach (Auburn's Hugh) Nall gave me. He basically said to keep my hands up while pass blocking and not to give the inside away."

Following last season's near championship run when it lost 35-14 to Memphis University School in the Division II AAA State Championship Game, Berry is hoping that Brentwood Academy has another run in store for his senior season. His team will open the season against Hillcrest Christian out of Mississippi on August 19 and Berry says that he'll be playing both offense and defense this season.

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.

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