Berry – "I felt comfortable at Pitt"

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt added one of the top cornerbacks in the nation last week when speedster Aaron Berry (5-ft-10 inches, 175 pounds) from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburgh, PA verbally committed to the Panthers. The talks to him about his decision.

"It came down to the total package at Pitt. I felt very comfortable at Pitt," stated Aaron Berry. "I felt comfortable with the coaches, the players, the academics and campus. I went with my gut and I feel good about my decision."

Berry was the third cornerback to join the Panthers stellar 2006 recruiting class. He joins blue-chip prospects Jovani Chappel from Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, OH, Lowell Robinson (6 ft., 195 pounds) from Erie Community College in Orchard Park, NY and Ricky Gary from Pahokee High School in Pahokee, FL. Aaron amassed over 40 scholarship offers.

"I wanted to go to a school that could improve me enough to get to the next level. Coach Wannstedt and the staff at Pitt could do that. Pitt is close to home and my parents can watch me play." 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.

When asked if Pitt's stellar class of 2006 factored into his decision, he stated, "Yes, it made my decision easier. Pitt has a ton of talented players coming in and they are all really close. It's like a big family."

Aaron was named First Team Quad A All-State by the Associated Press this season. He was recently named to Pennsylvania's Big 33 rosters. Berry finished the season with 67 catches for 1,278 yards. He also scored 21 touchdowns.

"I don't expect anything. I just want to get to Pitt and work hard for playing time. It would be great to win a starting spot at cornerback."

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