"I'm very happy for him and how he's handled all the attention," Eartha Berry said. "When he wasn't receiving a lot offers early on, I told him to be patient, that they would come. He doesn't play for one of the top high schools in Florida, so he had to remain patient and know that they would find out about his talent. I knew it was just a matter of time for him to get noticed."
Berry has offers from all across the country and his mother is understandably quite proud of her son.
"I'm so proud of him," she stated. "I remember when he got his first scholarship offer and I just broke out in tears of joy. Getting that first offer took a lot of pressure off me in so far as seeing that he gets to college. It doesn't make a big difference where he goes to college, because I'm going to support him no matter where he's at. I will try to be at as many games as I can, wherever he goes. As a mom, I prefer that he stay in Florida, but that will be his decision. I'm just going to support him and be there for him."
Eartha Berry was able to meet several college coaches during the May evaluation period. She is also planning on accompanying Jaamal on a few unofficial visits in the next few weeks.
"I met a lot of nice men when they came to the school," she said. "I liked the coaches from Florida and Ohio State a lot. We will be taking some college visits in the next few weeks. I will be going to Ohio State with Jaamal. Vlad Emilien and his mom will be joining us. Ohio State is one of the top choices for both boys and we want to see the school. Jaamal and I will also be going to Florida, LSU, Michigan and Ole Miss. He and I will be going to Jamaica to see his father in the next week or so, but when we get back we will start our trips. We want to get out and see the top schools that have offered him."
Jaamal and his mother agree on the top two schools on both of their lists. It appears to be a two-horse race at this time.
"Jaamal is doing his homework on all the schools," she stated. "He knows about all the players at his position. He's not afraid of competition and he knows the best man will get the job. I'm focusing on the academic aspect of each school. Right now he's kind of favoring Ohio State. He had a great visit there earlier this spring. Florida is another school ranked with Ohio State. Those are the top two schools. He has to make his own decision because he will be the one living there the next four years. I just want him to see other schools to have something to compare. Ohio State and Florida are the top two at this point. For me, I'm a Gator, but if he chooses to go to Ohio State, them I will be a Buckeye. I just want him to be happy with his choice and know that I will support his decision totally."