AU Sticks Out To Talented Lineman

This big, athletic offensive lineman talks about his senior season and the recruiting process.

Nashville, Tenn.—With Auburn looking to add a few good linemen to the class of 2006, Brentwood Academhy's Mike Berry is certainly a player to keep a close eye on throughout the fall.

The 6-3, 296-pounder, who was offered by the Tigers after an impressive performance at an AU summer camp, says he has been performing at a high level early on in his senior season as well.

"Right now we are 4-2," he explains about his Brentwood team. "We had two major losses, but so far my senior season has been great. I have been playing good, getting a lot of pancakes and so far I haven't given up any sacks.

"I really do feel good about our team," he adds. "I think we can win the state championship this year and break our tradition of going to the state championship and losing."

The big, athletic lineman notes that personally he has been continuing to work on areas of his game that he was striving to improve on during the summer camp circuit. "To get ready for the college level the main things I have been working on are passing blocking and getting stronger."

Mike Berry

On the recruiting front, Berry says that he has made time to get out there and check out a few college football games already this fall. "I have taken a couple," he says about unofficial visits. "I took one to Auburn when they played Mississippi State, also South Carolina, Tennessee and I think this weekend I am going to Vanderbilt.

"The experiences have been great," he continues. "Every place I go I really feel at home and everybody treats me really good."

Despite feeling at home and enjoying all of his trips, Berry notes that one of the visits just made more of an impression.

"The Auburn one kind of stuck out to me," he explains. "For one I hadn't ever been to an Auburn game so that was kind of nice. Also, just the fans, like during the game I had fans coming up to me and telling me that they wanted me there, and just the whole atmosphere was awesome. I also really liked the beginning of the game, how they had the eagle and everything like that."

Heading into his senior season, Berry said that AU was in the lead to land his signature in February. Now, he says that although nothing has changed he knows he wants to slow things down a bit.

"Yeah, I still feel like that is the case," Berry says about AU being his leader. "But, right now I don't think I am going to make a decision until after the season.

"It is going to be sometime right after my season ends," he adds about when he is planning on taking his official visits. "I am planning on, if I can make it, to take all five."

He also explains that he already knows where he will take a couple of those visits, but notes that some of the destinations are still up in the air.

"I am probably going to take one to Auburn, South Carolina, probably, maybe Mississippi State and maybe Kentucky," he says. "Plus, I have a whole bunch of other teams that I am talking to, like Tennessee."

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