Luckily for MSU, they are recruiting a guy that can play both sides of the ball. His name? Aaron Berry, a 5'11 160 pound speed burner from Harrisburg (PA), who runs a 4.49 forty, and has a shuttle time of 4.18.
Don't let the size fool you, Berry has a 32-inch vertical jump, and repped 13 times on the bench press test. Vertical jump is one of the key indicators, much more than forty time, on how physical and explosive a football player can be, and Berry is very much physical and explosive.
I was able to talk to Aaron and see where he is with MSU and he stated, "I've already visited Minnesota, back a while ago, and I've got two other visits to take. I got Pittsburgh on the 6th (of January) and I'm set to go to Michigan State, the following week (Jan. 13th)."
"I am being recruited by Coach Sirmans", added Berry.
What does he liked or stood out about MSU?
"I like the tradition of MSU," said Berry "I also like the coaching staff, I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff, so we'll see what happens when I visit."
Does the versatile dual threat have a leader among the schools he's interested in? "Not at this time, everyone is pretty much equal right now."
I then asked what position he might see himself playing in college, "On offense I can play the slot position, or the corner back position on defense. (MSU) is going to give me a shot first on offense, and then corner."
It should be noted at this point that John L. Smith likes to try recruits at two positions to see where they might fit the best, and see playing time, and that script apparently is being folllowed with Aaron as well.
I then asked of all the people recruiting you, what are they saying that stands out about you that they like the best?
"People have commented on my attitude, that I have a good attitude," Berry continued, "that I'm physical, and that I can lock down receivers."
Aaron comes across as a confident young man, he added at the end, "It's just about going to college and showing people what you are all about, and that's what I want to do."
My take is Aaron would be a great addition for MSU, and with Dave Wannstadt's situation still very much up in the air, MSU might be able to steal a player that could contribute immediately.
Berry is very physical and that's what MSU needs in the Big Ten whether he plays a slot position or a cornerback position. On offense, you have to fight off getting jammed from physical defensive backs. On defense, physical receivers have hurt MSU.
Berry presence would help in both of those areas, and he has a great closing speed when in coverage. In fact, he has returned a couple interception's for touchdowns this year.
With signing day nearing, Berry hopes to make a decision on his college destination towards the end of January. "I'm gonna decide close to signing day or maybe on signing day," Berry said of the February 1st deadline. "I'm looking forward right now to seeing what Michigan State and Pittsburgh have to offer."
Wherever Berry chooses, the talented athlete is expected to make an early impact. The two-way star has continually expressed a desire to find the right situation for him, not only academically, but athletically, as well.
"I'll be looking at the depth charts," Berry stated. "I'd like to go in and play early. I feel like I have the potential to get an early start. I wanna find a school that can also provide me a chance to graduate. Academics has to be really high up there. And I need a coaching staff that can get me to the next level." Rob Gidel of PantherReport.com also contributed to this report