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Commitment Impact: Brandon Berry

Breaking down the on the field and recruiting impact of Brandon Berry committed to Syracuse.


Committed Over: Brandon Berry committed to Syracuse over offers from Charlotte, Colorado State, Minnesota and Toledo. 

Rated: Berry is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

On Film: What stands out about Berry on film is his burst off the edge. He gets into the backfield with ease, keeps his pads low as he uses a swim move to beat his opposing offensive lineman. Berry was one of the best pass rushing defensive ends at the junior college level last season, and it is easy to see why with his burst, quickness and athleticism. 

In addition, Berry shows the ability to crash down the line and help against the interior running game. When he gets his hands on a ball carrier, he drags them down consistently. 

The area that Berry needs to work on when he gets to Syracuse is setting the edge on stretch plays and outside runs. With his quickness, that should not be a problem as he works on that area of his game. 

             – CuseNation.com Publisher Mike McAllister

Recruiting Impact: Landing a player like this has a bigger impact on the field than off of it. A junior college defensive end who could become an immediate impact player does not generally create a consistent pipeline. What it does, however, is show potential future junior college recruits that Syracuse is a quality landing spot where immediate playing time is available. 

Quotable: “Fans can expect for me to come in and make a big impact on the d-line and handle my business in the classroom.” - Berry

Final Thought: Landing Berry is big for Syracuse. Not only are they getting a talented defensive end with size and length at a key position of need, but they are getting one with college experience. In addition, he has three years of eligibility left, making this a home run for the Orange. 

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