Berryman's Best Quality: Speed

The newest commitment for Dan McCarney's Class of 2003 could end up at a few different positions. But regardless of where Jason Berryman plays at the next level, Houston (Texas) Kashmere interim coach Garry Dunham has no doubt his standout defender will make his presence known.

Jason Berryman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker prospect, committed to the Cyclones earlier this afternoon.

"He's been a great ball player for us the last four years," said Dunham, who was the team's offensive coordinator last season but now acts as the interim coach while head coach Kirby Jones recovers from surgery. "Jason has been a contributor since his freshman year. It's going to be hard to replace a kid like him, because you don't see them every day. He's a good student, good athlete and is well liked in the community. I know he'll do well at the next level.

"He made the decision he thought would be best for him. Iowa State was more offensive minded last year with the quarterback they had, but now I think they're going in the right direction with who they're bringing in on defense. If they get any other kids like Jason, they should turn it around all the way. Jason can help get them to the next level."

One of the district's top defensive players as a senior, Berryman collected a team high 16 sacks to go along with 60 tackles for 8-3 Kashmere.

Dunham says Berryman's athleticism is what makes him such a great player.

"It's his speed," Dunham said. "Jason qualified for the regional track meet in the Houston area, which is very tough to do. He finished sixth in our region in the 200 (meters), so that says a lot about his speed as a defensive end or outside backer. It will be hard for anybody to contain him with the speed rush he has. Most of his sacks this year came because he out-rushed the tackles and got to the quarterback."

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