Miami [Florida] Palmetto star tailback Jaamal Berry has been offered a scholarship by Ohio State. Berry had previously been offered by Florida, Florida State and LSU, as well as many others. Berry's recruitment has gained momentum with his recent outstanding camp performances.
"Recruiting is just crazy right now," Berry stated. "I mean it's not stressful or anything, but it's going to be very hard coming up with a list of my top schools. There are a lot of great schools that have offered me and I'm thankful to have this much interest. It will be really hard to come up with just five schools to take official visits to next fall, because these are all top programs. I can't say I have a list of favorites today."
Berry, who ran a 4.31 forty-yard dash at the Under Armour/Scout Combine in Miami, is becoming a wanted man by some of the top programs in the country.
"I recently added offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio State," Berry said. "Yesterday I went to the Florida spring game and that was cool. I stayed over in Gainesville and went to the Nike Combine today. Next weekend I'm headed to Ohio State to see their spring game. I'm looking forward to getting up to Columbus and seeing what Ohio State has to offer. I know [Buckeye freshman] Etienne Sabino and it will be real cool to see him again. I know he really likes it up there."
Berry, 5-foot-11 and 190-pounds, was offered by Ohio State last Thursday evening. It was an offer he expected for the past few weeks.
"My coach told my mom about the offer," he stated. "I knew it was coming all along. I have been talking to coach [Paul] Haynes and he kept telling me to be patient, because the offer would be coming. Ohio State had just recently got my tape and they were on spring break at the time. Once they all saw my tape, they went ahead and offered me. I called coach [Jim] Tressel last Thursday and we talked about the offer. Coach Tressel told me they are only recruiting two tailbacks this year and he said he wants me to be one of them. It was the first time I've spoken to coach Tressel and we got along real well. Coach Tressel told me he was glad I was coming up next weekend. He said they loved my tape and they should have offered me sooner, but that didn't bother me at all. He said I'm a great back and he can see me doing great things for them in the future.He said he can't wait to meet me in person, and said I'm going to have a great time up there."
Berry will be visiting Ohio State with three of his Florida 7-on-7 teammates, Vlad Emilien, Brandon McGee and Victor Marc. He admitted he has spoken to a lot of Florida players about all of them attending college together.
"Actually, we were talking about going to the same school today," Berry admitted. "I was talking with Eugene Smith [Miramar], Frankie Telfort [Miami Gulliver] and Stedman Bailey [Miramar] about all of us going to school together. The guys on my 7-on-7 team talked about it too. I would say the school that could land all of us would win a national title. We could all play as true freshmen, too."
Berry is excited about visiting Ohio State and knows what he expects to get from this trip.
"I spent the money to come to Ohio State so I can have fun and learn about the program," Berry said. "I'm anxious to see how Ohio State runs their offense and how I fit in to their style of play. I want to see how they use their tailback. I'm looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and their players. Mostly, I'm looking forward to seeing something I've never seen before. I've heard so much about Ohio State, but now I really get to see it. That will be really cool."
Even though Berry has an extremely impressive offer list, he continues to attend combines and plans to keep doing so.
"I just love to compete," Berry said emphatically. "Football is so much fun and it comes naturally to me. I like playing in the games. I like going to practice every day. I'll go to these combines because they are so much fun competing against great players. I love the one-on-one drills against the linebackers most of all. I like working on my game and trying to get better all the time. I think the school that I go to will be getting a player that loves to compete and loves to win, most of all."