Aaron Berry Update

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to upgrade the Panthers' secondary. Blue-chip cornerback Aaron Berry (5-ft-10 inches, 175 pounds) from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA visited Pitt over the weekend. The PantherDigest.com received a report on his visit.

"Aaron and I talked briefly about his visit and he had a great time," stated Bishop McDevitt High School Head Football Coach Jeff Weachter. "He seemed to feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players."

Two blue-chip cornerback prospects, Jovani Chappel from Trotwood, OH and Ricky Gary from Pahokee, FL, have verbally committed to the football recruiting class of 2006.

Aaron Berry, Andy Dorcely (6-ft-1 inches, 185 pounds) from North Miami Beach, FL and Tamarcus Porter (6 ft, 180 pounds) from Pahokee, FL remain on the Panthers' wish list of secondary prospects. Dorcely has yet to receive a scholarship offer. Porter is capable of making an impact on both sides of the ball. He's considered a deep threat at wide receiver.

"Aaron has one more visit to Michigan State (1/13) and he may take another after that. We're not sure at this time. He has over 40 scholarship offers and I would say that Pitt, Michigan State and Minnesota remain his top three schools."

Scout.com ranks Berry a three-star prospect and the 40th best cornerback in the nation. He was named first-team All-Conference as a junior. Aaron missed four games due to a broken collarbone. On offense he caught 40 passes for 1,100 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Berry intercepted five passes on defense. Aaron has primarily been recruited by Pitt's linebacker coach Curtis Bray.

"He liked Pitt quite a bit heading into the visit and they did nothing to alter that. The visit seemed to go well. He knows that Pitt offers him playing time. Aaron should have a decision shortly after his visits."

Berry said he finished the regular season with 45 catches for 1,012 yards and 18 touchdowns. West Virginia appears to be the top candidate for his fourth official visit.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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