Recruiting: Where Do Horns Stand With Berryman?

<I>IT</I> caught up with <B>Jason Berryman</B>, district 22-4A's defensive MVP, to see if the Longhorns were still after him and where he's at with the rest of the schools pursuing his National Signing Day signature. Listed at 6-3, 225 pounds with a 4.5 forty, Berryman has several different options as he looks to finalize his decision with two visits already out of the way.

True to his and his father's words from an earlier IT report, Jason Berryman focused on the schools recruiting him the hardest. He recently visited SMU for one of his officials and was coming back from an official to Kansas when IT called. With trips scheduled to Pittsburgh (Jan. 10), Iowa State (Jan. 17th) and Arizona (Jan. 24), he'll be pretty busy next month after taking in the holidays with his family for some good ol' R & R.

With SMU and Kansas possibly the wild cards in landing the Kasmere High standout, Berryman spoke briefly about his first two trips.

"My visit to SMU was a lot better than I thought it was going to be," said one of the Houston-area's highly regarded prospects still on the loose. "It was pretty nice and I got the chance to speak with (SMU head coach) Phil Bennett and I thought he was pretty cool. I liked him a lot. (SMU wide receiver coach) Clarence Jones is pretty cool too and he's really trying to get me to go there."

"The Kansas trip was wonderful as well," Berryman continued. "(Kansas DE coach) Travis Jones is recruiting me and I think he's pretty cool. He's straightforward and let me know exactly how everything is. I met with (KU head coach) Mark Mangino and he's a really nice guy."

According to Berryman, defensive coordinator Paul Rhodes is recruiting Berryman to Pitt and the Panthers have an excellent shot while defensive end coach Mike Nelson of Iowa State and the 'Clones are also looking good. Arizona sent head coach John Mackovic to Kasmere High School and Berryman likes the Wildcats too.

So, where does Texas stand?

"It's been a long time since I have heard from them, so I don't think they're very interested any longer," said Berryman.

More on Berryman later Thursday in the Holiday edition of the Inside Texas Inside Scoop.

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