OL Prospect Feels Good About Choosing Tigers

Auburn picked up its second verbal commitment in as many days as a top offensive lineman chose the Tigers Friday morning.

Nashville, Tenn.--He had been close to committing to the Auburn Tigers for months, but Friday morning Brentwood Academy's Mike Berry made it official by giving his verbal commitment to the Tigers.

"It was real close," Berry says on his college decision, noting he didn't make his pick until early on Friday.

"South Carolina recruited me real hard and showed me a good time," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.. "I was interested in South Carolina, but it basically came down to me feeling at home at Auburn."

"It was a family atmosphere when I was down there and I really enjoyed myself," he says.

Mike Berry is a physical player who is expected to get his first look at center or guard for the Tigers.

A 6-4, 300-pounder with good feet and explosiveness off the ball, Berry had the Tigers at the top of his recruiting list since early in the summer after visiting for a camp. That was until a late run by the South Carolina Gamecocks made things interesting. Wednesday visits by both Auburn coach Hugh Nall and Steve Spurrier from South Carolina made one final push and in the end Nall won out.

For Coach Carlton Flatt at Brentwood Academy, having a player commit to a major college has become old news. He's had dozens of players over the years sign with top programs and several of those have gone to Auburn including current Tigers John Vaughn, Kody Bliss and King Dunlap. Flatt says Auburn is getting a very quality player in Berry.

"We certainly think he's a quality offensive lineman," Flatt says. "He was a starter for us for three years. I think he's flexible. He played tackle for us, but he could play guard or center. I think Auburn has in mind looking at him as a center.

"I think what I like best about him is that he's an outstanding young man. He's a quality person and he comes from a good family. Auburn was fortunate to get him as a total person."

Also entertaining offers from Louisville, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and several other schools, Berry was one of the top offensive line prospects left uncommitted before Friday's announcement.

Berry says that he likes Nall, who will be his position coach at Auburn. "I have got a good relationship with him from all of the time he has been recruiting me," the lineman says.

This summer Berry went from an unknown player to one of the South's top linemen when he went head to head with several top defenders at one of Auburn's summer camp. He more than held his own against players like Bryant Miller and Jermarcus Ricks in one-on-one drills. In his senior season he dominated highly regarded Tennessee commitment Jacques McClendon when the two faced each other.

Berry says he is looking forward to playing for Auburn line coach Hugh Nall. "I look forward to trying every position, but Coach Nall said my best position might be at center," says the Brentwood Academy lineman, adds that he feels good about his decision to join the Auburn team.

Berry becomes Auburn's 20th public verbal commitment. He joins Colbert County defensive tackle Jermarcus Ricks as the latest to join the Tigers. Here is a list of Auburn's current commitments:

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