Berry Loved His Official Buckeye Visit

Five-star running back Jaamal Berry from Miami Palmetto has just completed his official visit to Ohio State. Berry, who committed to Ohio State in August, was impressed by everything he saw this weekend, including the Buckeye victory over Michigan. Bill Greene has the latest on the Berry visit.

Miami Palmetto superstar Jaamal Berry has just concluded his official visit to Ohio State. For Berry, who committed to the Buckeyes in August, this was his third trip to Ohio State since April.

"This was my official visit, and it was great," Berry stated. "It was awesome, just like it always is at Ohio State. I was here for the spring game and the Youngstown State game, but this was crazy. The atmosphere for Michigan was unbelievable, especially seeing the students running around in the cold with their shirts off. I really love the Ohio State fans."

For Berry, it was yet another opportunity to spend time with the Buckeye coaching staff, and head coach Jim Tressel, in particular.

"I had breakfast with Jim Tressel (Sunday) morning, and that was great," he said. "Coach Tressel is a great coach, and I've gotten to know him a lot better on every visit I make. I went to the indoor facility and met with Doc Tressel, and we watched film and discussed how they use the tailback here at Ohio State. I feel very comfortable with this coaching staff, and the players. They told me to be ready to play next year, and there is no plan for me to redshirt at all."

Berry also discussed his academic future with the Buckeye staff, and has a plan in place to become academically qualified.

"I'm taking the ACT in December," Berry said. "The coaches told me I can take it as many times as I need, but they said they're not worried about me qualifying. My grades are right where they told me to get them, and I'm taking a course right now that prepares me for the ACT. I'm doing really well in that class, and my instructor thinks I should do real well when I take it."

He has already formed a bond with several current members of the Ohio State team, including a few other Florida-born players.

"I feel pretty tight to a lot of these guys on the team, and I feel more a part of Ohio State every time I visit," he said. "We communicate all the time, and I'm always checking in to see how things are going. I'm really tight with Beanie Wells and Terrelle Pryor, and they're both great guys. I hope Beanie comes back next year. I also speak to Travis Howard and Etienne Sabino all the time, especially now that it's getting cold up here. They tell me the weather is not too bad, and something you get used to. I'm not worried about playing in cold weather at all. All the guys at Ohio State hang out together, and there aren't any problems between guys at all. I'm just going to be one of the guys when I get here. I'm coming here to work my tail off, and try to contribute."

Prior to committing to Ohio State, Berry had promised both Florida and Mississippi that he would visit their schools. He intends to keep his promise.

"I will be taking both visits, although no dates are set at this time," Berry said. "A coach from my high school is from Ole Miss, and I told them I would visit, out of respect. I will probably go to Florida the weekend after Ole Miss. The Ohio State coaches are aware of the visits, and they're not at all concerned about it. Coach Tressel knew about this before I committed, and they have never pressured me to cancel those visits. There is absolutely nothing to worry about because I'm 100 percent committed to Ohio State."

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