It turns out the Ohio North-South Classic organizers shared that confusion. Under the impression that he was being recruited on the defensive side of the ball, coaches lined him up in the trenches during practices for the nation’s longest-running all-star game.
“They thought I was getting recruited as a defensive end,” Berry said after the game. “They didn’t know I was recruited as an athlete. They didn’t know what position they were going to put me at so they put me on defense.”
It wasn’t his first choice, but Berry lined up without complaint and gave it the old college try. His athleticism shined, and he was disruptive at times despite playing out of position.
“To be honest, I didn’t want to, but I did it. I’m not going to complain about it. I did it. I just wanted to have fun and enjoy myself,” he said. “I had an OK game. I enjoyed myself and just tried to have fun out there and enjoy myself with the players I was with. I came here to have fun.”
Meyer said that former running backs coach Stan Drayton was instrumental in recruiting Berry, who was a fall offer that the OSU coaching staff got to see develop as a high school senior. With the athleticism that he displayed, Ohio State chose to start him out at tight end but he could end up switching positions like a highly touted member of the class of 2014 did.
“He's one of those typical guys,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said on National Signing Day. “I think we put him at tight end, we'll see what happens. We didn't know quite what we were going to do with our man Sam Hubbard, because his body kept changing and all that. I really like this kid. I like his family. Got to spend a little time with them, but Stan Drayton is doing cartwheels with this guy. He's seen him play basketball. He thinks he's one of the stars of this class.”
Berry said that he wants to work on his receiving ability as well as his blocking and speed before he shows up in Columbus in June. As is the case with many Ohio prospects that ultimately sign with the Buckeyes, the chance to suit up in scarlet and gray is something Berry couldn’t pass up.
“It means a lot, it’s a dream come true," he said. "That’s my dream school and I’m going there and just can’t wait to get there.”