Berry Talks to Irish

Scout.com athlete Eric Berry of Creekside high school (Fairburn, Ga.) recently received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. The Irish aren't at the top of his list, but that doesn't mean they don't have a chance to land the talented prospect.

Eric Berry (6-1, 185) is one of the best cornerbacks in the talent-rich state of Georgia, which means it is likely that he will be one of the top cornerbacks in the country. Notre Dame has been recruiting him for some time and he recently received a scholarship offer from the Irish.

"I was very excited," said Berry as he recalled receiving word that Notre Dame was offering him a scholarship. "My coach called coach Weis at school and he offered. It took me by surprise. They were sending me a lot of mail, but I didn't expect them to offer.

"I talked to him and coach Lewis for about 30-45 minutes. Coach Lewis said that I was the type of player he was looking for in a defensive back."

Berry recently listed his top five teams as Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas and Miami.

"Tennessee is out front a little bit," Berry said. "I like their coaches. They can't feed me with a lot of stuff that isn't true because my dad [James Berry] went there and he played with almost all the coaches. We sat down in the room they just kept it real.

"Growing up I was never a diehard Vol fan. Even if he hadn't gone there, I'd still like Tennessee."

With the Vols having an early lead, it will be very difficult for Notre Dame to close the gap, but Berry said that the Irish do have a chance.

"They're not out of the picture," Berry explained. "My interest is high in Notre Dame, I just don't know much about them. I know their football aspect, but I don't know about the school and what it's like.

"I really don't know anything about this recruiting thing, because my dad came from a different era. I'm basically letting things come to me.

"I'll probably decide after our football season, or toward the end."

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).


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