Five-Star Recruit Gives AU Visit High Rating

A football recruiting report on Eric Berry is featured.

Fairburn, Ga.--Creekside High School star Eric Berry says he left Auburn with a good feeling about the university's football program after taking an official visit to see the Tigers over the weekend.

With no game on Friday, Berry used the opportunity to come into Auburn that day and check out the Tigers as they had their homecoming weekend with a football game vs. Tulane.

When asked whether he has more interest in the Tigers than he did prior to his visit, Berry says, "I actually do because that was the reason I took the visit. I was interested, but I couldn't be too interested if I didn't know more about them. Coach (Terry) Price has been real good me talking to me."

Price, who coaches defensive ends, recruits the Atlanta area for Auburn. Berry also got attention from head coach Tommy Tuberville and Auburn's offensive coordinator, Al Borges, and the defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp.

Berry, who is playing quarterback for Creekside, could play a variety of positions in college. has him ranked as the nation's number one cornerback prospect.

Berry is known for making big plays for his high school team.

"Actually both of the coordinators talked to me about playing at Auburn," Berry notes. "I had breakfast on Sunday with both Coach Muschamp and Coach Borges."

It's not surprising that the AU coaches are very interested in the 6-0, 194-pounder with excellent speed. He has led his team to a 7-0 record by rushing 69 times for 749 yards and nine touchdowns while completing 21-45 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns. He has also returned a punt 71 yards for a score and has a 53-yard touchdown on an interception return while playing safety.

Berry notes that he had two player hosts for his visit. "On Friday night it was Zac Etheridge, who is a freshman safety at Auburn who is being redshirted," the prospect says. "I spent Saturday night with Tristan Davis, who is from the Atlanta area. I didn't know Tristan, but I had heard of him."

Berry, who is a member of the National Honor Society, is serious about his academics. He has a 3.2 grade point average and has been taking advanced placement classes at Creekside High.

"I met with Dr. Wit who I think is the head of the science department," Berry says. "He was very straight forward and he answered most of my questions before I asked them. I was very pleased with meeting him. I am interested in majoring in pre-med. I have around a 3.2 grade point average and I have taken a lot of AP (advanced placement) classes."

This past summer Berry was a delegate to Georgia Boys State, a convention where high school students learn how state and national government operates. Berry notes he enjoyed the experience and jokes, "It was like a scrimmage in politics."

Eric Berry is shown at the announcement that he has been selected to the Army All-American All-Star Game that will be played in Janauary.

Berry watched Auburn defeat Tulane 38-13 as the Tigers improved their record to 7-1. Berry's undefeated team will play on Saturday against Westlake. "That should be a big game," he says.

Auburn was the first official visit for the five-star rated prospect, who says he is considering official visits to Ohio State, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Georgia. He also notes that he plans to take his allotment of five officials before making a college choice.

"We ate a lot during the visit to Auburn," he notes. "They kept stuffing me and my mom so we got a lot to eat. I went bowling Saturday night and at halftime of the game I got to go into the locker room and listen to the halftime speech. It was pretty cool. It was just a good weekend. They treated me and my mom very well.

"I went to the Heisman room and saw Bo Jackson's and Pat Sullivan's Heisman Trophies in there and took a few pictures," he notes. "I had a good weekend."

The Creekside star says he remembers meeting senior defensive end Marquies Gunn and a pair of freshmen from Lovejoy, Ga., High, Mario Fannin and Byron Isom.

"The hospitality was great," Berry says. "We could focus more on evaluating the school and not worry about crazy stuff like people being rude. Everybody was polite. Everybody was making sure we were taken care of."

Berry says that he plans to return for another Auburn game this season. "It was homecoming so everybody was more laid back or whatever," he notes. "I am going to be back in Auburn probably for the Georgia game to see a more hyped-up atmosphere."

Commenting on his overall visit, he says, "I would rate it about a nine or a 10. It was wonderful. I loved it."

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