Star DB Favors UM

Damien Berry is about as anxious as you can possibly get.

One of the state's most talented football players, Damien Berry missed a good chunk of his junior season because of an ACL injury and then was forced to sit out the spring game against Daytona Mainland last week.

"They said something about I had to be at the school for the whole year to be able to play," Berry said. "The day before the game, I found out I couldn't play. All I know is that I can't wait to get on the field and when I do, someone's gonna pay. I'm ready."

At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, the Glades Central star will be leaving for some 7-on-7 tournaments in a couple weeks.

"We're going on a tour," he said. "I think we're going to Auburn, Tennessee, and Georgia for the events. I'm excited and I can't wait to show people what we can do."

The talented safety prospect has stayed busy on the recruiting front as well. He names a top six with one big favorite.

"It's still 'The U' at the top," he said. "Coach Coker actually came out to the school a couple weeks ago. I got an offer from them in the mail a couple weeks ago so everything's set. They've offered me, Deonte (Thompson), and Tarus (McKinley). I love UM. It's looking real good for them right now. Imagine me and Kenny Phillips back there together."

The Canes still have to fight off some other competitors. He lists five others that he's still interested in.

"I'm gonna take all my visits," he said. "I also like Florida, Florida State, Auburn, USC, and West Virginia. Florida, Auburn, and West Virginia have offered."

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