"It Was Crazy."

Ohio State is recruiting Jaamal Berry the hardest. "I love the atmosphere there," Berry said. "The players are great and the whole town there is about football. I went there for the spring game and they had like 60,000 people show up and it was raining. It was crazy. I think I like my opportunity to play there too. They have like two running backs coming back, so it's just gonna be a battle..."

Jaamal Berry, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound five-star running back from Palmetto Senior High School in Miami, Fla., finished his junior season with 1,033 yards rushing for 14 touchdowns.

"I'm a total package," Berry said. "I can run in between the tackles or run outside. I keep the defenders on their toes because they never know what I'm going to do.

"I'd like to make my whole game even better, but I'm really working on my reads and hitting the holes better and running with more power," he said.

Berry says he can bench 340-pounds, squat 430 and has a 38-inch vertical jump.

Scout.com's No. 5 running back has around 30 scholarships offers from schools all over the country. "It doesn't matter if I stay close or not," he said.

The school that is recruiting Berry the hardest is Ohio State. "I love the atmosphere there," Berry said. "The players are great and the whole town there is about football. I went there for the spring game and they had like 60,000 people show up and it was raining. It was crazy.

"I think I like my opportunity to play there too," he said. "They have like two running backs coming back, so it's just gonna be a battle but I don't mind that."

Berry already has an official visit planned with Ohio State for the weekend of November 22, when the Buckeyes take on rival Michigan.

According to Berry, Ohio State now leads slightly over Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Clemson, Ole Miss and LSU. All of his favorites have offered as well as Auburn, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Minnesota, among others.

The only other official visit that Berry has already scheduled is to LSU for the Georgia game on October 25.

"I don't really know that much about LSU yet," he stated. "I'm interested in them because they have a great team and won the national championship last year. They always seems to win and have a great offense that produces top players."

Berry hasn't visited the Tigers yet and the only other school besides Ohio State that he has been to is Florida. "Florida has a great program," he said.

"I love the offense they run," Berry said. "I know they are a passing team, but I think they are looking to run the ball more and just need the right kind of back. I also like how they've been winning a lot too and are always competing for the national championship every year."

Berry grew up favoring Miami, but the 'Canes haven't offered him. "They are recruiting me, but haven't offered yet," he said. "They already have like one running back committed and are only planning on taking two. They said they are working on getting me an offer.

"I was born and raised in Miami and I've always loved their program," he said. "They have real good running back tradition and send guys to the NFL."

If Miami does offer they'll surely be in the mix with Berry's other favorites as well.

Berry doesn't plan on going to any camps this summer, but will be taking several unofficial visits. "I plan on checking out Florida State in July," he said. "They are only like three hours away, but I've never been there.

"I'd also like to go to Michigan and see what they're like," Berry said. "They need some running backs and it would be a good opportunity to play early. I like how they are another school with good tradition and are known for being a running team."

Berry says he plans to narrow down his list this summer. "Time will tell," he said. "I really want to get some early playing time and go to a school that is known for running the ball and that sends running backs to the NFL."

He reports a 2.5 core GPA and is taking the SAT in July.


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