Cyclones Leading for Houston DE

A standout athlete from the Houston area would like to be the one who eventually takes over for Iowa State rush end Tyson Smith.

That opportunity, combined with a solid relationship with Cyclone assistant coach DeMontie Cross has Kashmere High standout Jason Berryman leaning heavily towards ISU.

"I've watched a couple games and like the way their defensive end plays," said Berryman, who finished with more than 60 tackles and 16 sacks this season. "He's very aggressive and goes after the quarterback every down. He also has to play smart. That's probably the position I'll come in and try to get. I really like to rush the quarterback.

"Right now Iowa State's at the top. I really like the way Coach Cross has been. He's been there since the beginning of the recruiting process and shows that he really wants me to be at Iowa State. He's showing me that Iowa State would be the best place for me."

Berryman could become even more convinced after an official visit to Ames on Jan. 17. He's visiting Kansas this weekend and has trips set for Pittsburgh (Jan. 10) and Arizona (Jan. 24). The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has scholarship offers from each school.

Those are the four I'm seriously considering," he said.

Berryman figures to begin his college career as a defensive end, but has shown the ability to be very versatile.

He was named the MVP of District 22-4A after earning first-team honors at defensive end, linebacker, tight end and punter. Berryman's prep career ended with a flurry as he recorded 25 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in Kashmere's first-round playoff game against C. King.

"I'm real flexible," he said. "When the defensive end sees the tape, he wants me at defensive end. When the linebackers coach sees the tape, he wants me at linebacker. When the offensive coach sees the tape, he wants me for offense. Whatever the head coach wants me play, I'll do it. I just love to play football."

Wherever Berryman ends up, Cyclone fans can be assured that this Houston area standout is high on the team's list of prospects.

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