This time of year fans will begin to see new names on the recruiting scene. After stellar combines, prospects often see the interest increase from colleges. Running back Jaamal Berry from Palmetto High in Miami, FL has seen interest from top programs increase after posting great measurables this past weekend. "Recruiting has been blowing up since the combine. I posted one of the top 40's at 4.43 and I had the top vertical for running backs at 38 inches. Right now don't have a favorite and I'm open to everything at this point," said Berry.
Jaamal had only a few offers when the camp came around, but now he has seen the interest increase from schools around the country. He said, "I have offers from Ole Miss and FIU. I'm hearing from schools everywhere like Wisconsin, Auburn, Iowa, Louisville, UCF and USF. Schools like Florida and Miami are beginning to show interest too."
Florida State has known about this talented player before the combine, and his performance only increased that. In fact, the talented running back just received an offer from the Seminoles on Monday. "I talked to them today (Monday)," said Berry. "They said they were offering me and that it was in the mail. I like it. If I decide to stay home in-state they'd be the first school I'd consider. I always grew up a fan of the FSU- Miami rivalry. I want to see what's out there, though."
With an offer from the Seminoles on the way, Jaamal said that he wants to get to know the coaches better. The guy who extended the offer to Berry is the new recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach James Coley. He said, "Coach Coley told me they were offering me. He said they loved my film and my elusiveness. I want to get to know some of these coaches now that they've offered."
The speedster also excels in track. He runs the 100 and 4x100 for his high school team. There is talk that he may run the 200 this year too. Speed is part of his game, and he feels it helps him stand out. "I'm 5'11" 195 pounds. I want to get bigger but I want to make sure I keep my speed. I have the ability to break tackles. One-on-one I am hard to bring down. I think I am big for a high school running back, and I'm very elusive. I'm quick too and I can make things happen. I need to work on catching the ball and I'm always going to work on my speed," explained Berry.
Even though Jamal doesn't have any favorites and is pretty open to the whole recruiting thing, he did state that there are three things he'll be looking for in the school of his choice. He stated, "I'm looking for playing time, location and what they have to offer education wise. I think all of that leads to the comfort I'll feel in a school."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Berry and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.