DB Has UM As Favorite

Damien Berry had an outstanding sophomore season at Suncoast H.S. in Riviera Beach, Fla.

That performance put his name on the recruiting map. Then in what looked to be a potentially dominating junior season two games into last season, Damien Berry suffered a torn ACL.

"It was rough," Berry said. "My season ended way too early. It was rough just sitting there watching. I didn't like that at all. I wanna be on the field ballin'. I worked hard and now I'm back and ready to go." Berry, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is now at Glades Central High for his senior season and the talented defender is hoping for a big season. "We have a lot of guys coming back and we have a pretty good group of seniors," he said. "Hopefully we can put it together and win states."

The talented defensive back prospect, who ran for over 300 yards on offense and had two picks on defense in just two games last season, could project at either cornerback or safety.

"I'm down with whatever gets me on the field," he said. "I like play either one. I have the speed to play corner and I can make the bone crushing hits at safety."

Berry's father, Kenny, played at the University of Miami in the late 80s and it's no surprise that the Canes are atop his early list of favorites.

"UM's number one," he said. "Florida is two, Auburn is three, Florida State is four, and Ohio State is five. They're all recruiting me and right now I have offers from Miami, Rutgers, and Louisville. But Miami puts a lot of DBs into the league and I think they can help me achieve my goal."

Berry and his talented Glades Central teammates plan on attending the Scout.com All-American Combine at FAU on May 13.

Mike Bakas can be reached at mbakas@scout.com

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