Berryhill keeping options open

<b>IT DOESN'T TAKE long for Tucson's Andrew Berryhill to make an impression. Great hands, athleticism and the size (6-4, 250-pounds) to play either offense or defense at the next level will draw notice. With former Salpointe Catholic teammate Ian Brinker now in the Oregon State fold, the Beavers are on Berryhill's radar but they have some ground to make up on one of the home state schools.

Berryhill holds an offer from Arizona State and has the Sun Devils currently leading. The Salpointe Catholic athlete said other schools of interest include Oregon State, Arizona, Washington, UCLA and Cal.

Additionally, USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke and UTEP have all been in contact with Salpointe head man Dennis Bene. He said Berryhill hasn't yet scratched the surface of his potential.

"He catches the ball really well -- great hands," said Bene. "He runs very well for a kid his size, he's pretty athletic. He's learning how to become a Division I-A prospect."

On offense, Berryhill had 12 receptions for 226 yards with 4 TDs as a junior. On defense, he led the Lancers in sacks with 8 from his defensive end spot and was also the top tackler . He was named first team all-region at both DE and tight end.

At the next level, Berryhill could end up at the tight end, defensive end spot -- or at linebacker.

Bene believes Berryhill will likely play tight end at the next level mainly because he has such a knack for playing offense. A super set of hands and the ability to turn a short gain into a long one through take your pick -- speed or sheer brute force -- is a valued commodity. Berryhill, however, thinks he might end up on defense, citing his passion for hitting and the thrill of chasing down quarterbacks.

DISTANCE WILL BE a factor in his decision. Berryhill said he wants to be close enough to make the trip home but also wants to be far enough away to get out of the nest.

"I want it to be a place that's easy to get to see my mom," said Berryhill. "I'm a momma's boy and I love my mom. I want to be close enough to take care of her."

In a position coach at the next level, regardless of where he lines up, Berryhill wants to play for more of a drill sergeant than a calming influence.

"I always like the in-your-face guys," he said. "I want someone who's going to push me to my limits, someone who will continually challenge me."

Berryhill attended a charter school for one year previously and is waiting on his status to be cleared up so he can play this coming season . Bene said he's listed as a senior academically but has only played two years of high school ball. The coach and Berryhill hope to have the issue resolved sometime later this summer.

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