Line Prospect Eager For His Visit to Auburn

This talented offensive line prospect talks about his upcoming offical visit to the Plains.

Brentwood, Tenn.--Although he has been to Auburn for both football camps and football games this year, Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Mike Berry says that there are still some other things about Auburn that he is looking forward to checking out on his official visit this weekend.

"I am very excited to be coming down," Berry says. "I have been down a couple of times, but I only really got to see the athletic facilities and I am looking forward to seeing some of the academic stuff. Of course, hanging out with the players is one thing I am looking forward to also."

Specifically, the 6-4, 295-pound offensive line prospect says that he is very interested in the academic reputation of the specific college he is planning on studying in. "I'll be looking to see how good their business school is, basically.

"Something in business for sure and most likely international business," Berry adds about what would like to major in.

Along with checking out the academic situation and hanging out with some of the Tigers' current team members, Berry also notes that he is also excited about getting a sneak peak at some of the Tigers' recruiting class. "I am kind of looking forward to seeing some of the big recruits that are down there," he notes.

Auburn is expected to have seven other prospects in for official visits with Berry. The group includes St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert, Eastern Arizona junior college lineman Haywood Howard, Oak Mountain High kicker/punter Ryan Shoemaker, Tennessee verbal commitment tight end Lee Smith, linebacker Craig Stevens from Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., along with AU verbal commitments WR Chris Slaughter and DL Greg Smith.

Mike Berry

Some recruits really like to get to know a team's coaching staff on their official visit, however, Berry says he already has a pretty good feel for his future position coach should he choose the Tigers.

"I have kind of got to know the coaching staff, at least my offensive line coach," he notes. With Coach (Hugh) Nall, I have got a good relationship with him from all of the time he has been recruiting me."

Last weekend Berry checked out things in Nashville as he visited Vanderbilt and notes the visit was, "okay." However, he adds that after taking his first official visit and some other unofficial trips he knows what he is looking for to separate the teams he is interested in as his college destination.

"From all of the schools, everybody has got good facilities and thins like that," the talented lineman explains. "So, basically I am just looking at the people that are in the college and how do I fit in, both the team atmosphere and the university atmosphere."

After Berry visits the Tigers he says he has at least one more official visit on the schedule, to South Carolina, but adds that there is a possibility of a second one as well, to Louisville.

Even with at least one more visit on the schedule for the big lineman, he says that it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could put an end to his recruitment this weekend. "I am kind of looking forward to my other visits, but if everything did go perfect there is a chance that I could commit.

"Basically, to have a good time and feel like it was somewhere that I could be for like four years," Berry adds about what he would consider a perfect visit.

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