Berry Wants to Help Bring the "U" Back

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - was there today when Damien Berry officially signed to the University of Miami this afternoon at his high school, Glades Central Community School in Belle Glade, Florida.

"I'm happy it's all finally over," Damien Berry said about the recruiting process. "I committed back in June. I've been committed solid the whole time. I never thought of changing."

While a few notable teammates were undecided at the time of the press conference, Berry was a solid Miami commitment throughout the recruiting process. Earlier reports had him split between LSU and Miami, but he did not even bring an LSU letter of intent or baseball cap to the press conference.

Of the twelve student athletes from Glades Central to commit, Berry was the second to announce his school of choice. He thanked God and his family for helping him through the process, then received a Miami hat from his family and threw up the "U" with his hands. "I'm going to Miami," he said. The announcement was a formality, as Berry had already faxed in his letter of intent earlier in the day. After committing, Berry was joined on stage by family, friends, and reporters to talk about his decision.

"My dad going there was a big factor, but mainly it was Coach Shannon," he said of his reasons for choosing the Hurricanes. Coach Shannon seems really good to me and I think I'll be in good hands. He's a great guy"

Damien originally committed in June, but when Larry Coker got fired, his status was changed and he was listed as a soft verbal. It wasn't long before Coach Shannon won him over and sealed the deal.

"I had a feeling that Shannon would be the new coach because back in the day he was there and that's when Miami was up, so why would you hire anyone else?"

Now that he is committed, Berry has quite a few goals in mind for his upcoming freshman year, but he also has some long term goals.

"I'm going to come out and do what I have to do. I'm going to come out and try my hardest so I can be ready for the next three years," he said of his future as a Hurricane.

"My goal is to get out there my freshman year and play. That's my whole goal, to turn the U back into the U. I'm going to turn the U back into the way it was back in the day with Sean Taylor and Ed Reed were there."

Berry mentions those two names with good reason. He is expected to play safety for Miami, after starring at both defensive back and running back at Glades Central. He will step on campus officially for the first time in June.

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