Although Notre Dame's recruiting success in Georgia isn't new, expect it only to get stronger with Bill Lewis in charge of recruiting the Southeast for the Irish. Notre Dame's defensive backs coach has roots in Georgia and does an outstanding job of building relationships with recruits. Eric Berry (6-1, 185) is on his list for 2007 and Berry is looking forward to hearing more from Notre Dame.
"Yes, there's a lot of interest right now," Berry said when asked if he was interested in Notre Dame. "I like Coach Charlie Weis and his coaching. They have a great tradition. I know they have some Heisman Trophy winners from there, and I know Darius Walker is from Buford, Georgia."
"The combination of athletics and academics," Berry replied when asked what interested him most about Notre Dame. "They're good in football, but they still have guys getting their work done and doing stuff other than football. That's what really interests me."
A lot of prospects talk about academics being important, but it many of those instances the college choice is based mainly on football. Berry was adamant that academics will play a major role in his final decision.
"What am I going to do if I get hurt and I don't have a good education or a good degree?" Berry asked. "So academics does play a big part in my decision."
Berry has been receiving recruiting mail from across the country. Notre Dame has been sending it's fair share as well. There are a few schools that have caught his interest.
"Miami (offer), Notre Dame, Georgia (offer), Georgia Tech (offer), Tennessee, Ohio State, North Carolina (offer) right now," he responded when asked which schools he had the most interest in. "That will change tough. I'm just going to stay open and look around. I don't think location is going to be a factor.
"I've been up to Ohio State for camp. I went to Georgia's camp twice. This summer I'll probably go to some senior camps. My dad is supposed sit down with me and we're going to narrow them down, but I have no idea which one's yet."
Berry is an outstanding athlete and an elite prospect. He was named South Fulton County offensive player of the year playing quarterback. The only question colleges have is where he will play.
"Right now, it doesn't necessarily have to be quarterback," Berry replied when asked which position he wanted to play in college. "But I think I want to play on the offensive side of the ball, probably running back.
"North Carolina wants me to play quarterback. LSU, Georgia, Miami all want me to play cornerback. I am open to that, but I want to see what options I have to play offense."
With Berry's physical build he appears like a runner that would do his best work off tackle and that he'd be a slashing runner.
"Kind of, but don't let that fool you, I can still lower my shoulder," Berry said with confidence. "I know when to choose my battles and when to take a hit. I'd say I'm more of a finesse runner. My strengths are my speed (4.37-forty), my vision; playing quarterback you have to see the whole field and my leadership.
"I'll lower my shoulder if scoring is not an option," Berry added.
Junior year stats: Rushed for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns. Passed for 852 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sophomore year stats: 1,435 rushing, 17 touchdowns. Passing 1,198 and four touchdowns.
Berry was the 2005 Georgia 200 meter state champion. He also runs the 400 meter (49.2)