One of the state's best individual performances last Friday came against one of the state's top teams. Dutch Fork wide receiver Jordan Berry was playing like a man possessed against defending AAAA Division 2 state champions Goose Creek. Although Dutch Fork lost the game 28-17, Berry was on fire and stepped up his game against one of the state's best defenses. We caught up with Berry to talk about the game against Goose Creek and about his recruitment earlier this week.
The news spread fast about Berry's performance against the Gators. We received a few text messages and the 2013 prospect's numbers were pretty impressive. 15 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown. The 5'11 170 pound Berry told us all about the battle against the Gators.
"Yes that was my best game of my career. I've never had more than 200 yards in a game. It felt great."
As the game kept progressing Berry got into a groove and he had this to say as he made catch after catch.
"I was just hoping that my coach would keep feeding me the ball because everything was working efficiently."
Despite the loss the Silver Foxes played an outstanding game. They are 2-3 currently and Berry says they are slumping but their play against the defending state champions has many saying they are on the verge of an upswing. That's great news for Dutch Fork as they play their rivals on Friday.
"It's the biggest rivalry in South Carolina, Irmo versus Dutch Fork."
So far this season Berry has been outstanding and his play has college coaches taking a close look. Although he has yet to pick up an offer Berry says he's pushing himself harder every week in order to secure some scholarship offers. The 5'11 170 pound wideout talked about some of the strengths of his game.
"I think my strengths are my routes, hands, and also yards after the catch. I'm not as big as all these other wide receivers but I work on perfecting my routes and having sure hands everyday of the week."
"Right now I've got 46 receptions for over 750 yards and 6 touchdowns this season."
One of those programs was there to witness Berry's big game against Dutch Fork too.
"Elon was there to watch the Goose Creek game. They are recruiting me the hardest right now."
Berry has taken a few visits and he talked about what he liked most about them.
"I've visited Clemson, South Carolina, and Elon. They all have beautiful campuses."
It's not like Berry was a slouch last year because his play earned him multiple awards as a junior too.
"I was named to the All-Area and All-Region teams. I had 55 catches for 955 yards and 6 touchdowns last year."
Berry says his goal is like that of every player that laces it up on Friday nights, to win a state championship with his team. From a personal standpoint he had this to say.
"Just to do whatever I can to help my team win. In other words, be the work horse at receiver."
The 2013 prospect told us what he's considering the most when looking at potential colleges. Education, style of play, and the atmosphere on game day are going to be his biggest factors he says. Berry reports a 2.8 GPA with a 1280 on the SAT. He'd like to major in either Business Management or Culinary Arts in college.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Jordan Berry as he continues to pile up big numbers at wide receiver and hopes to land some offers in the near future.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JORDAN BERRY
Bench press: 325 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 255 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.32 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.21 seconds
Broad jump: 10'2"
A CLOSER LOOK...JORDAN BERRY
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite movie: Ted
Favorite actor/actress: Will Smith
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite video game: Madden of course
Dream school: University of Southern California
Dream date would be with: Kim Kardashian
Favorite football player: Michael Vick
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know? "That I play the violin."