Palomar's Berry sees recruiting pick up

He's one of the leaders on one of the most potent offensive attacks in the country and because of that Palomar C Tom Berry (6-4, 280) has started to see his recruiting stock rise. JCFootball.com caught up with the underrated pivot and he updated us on thing including which school seems to be close to extending him an offer...

Berry played center for his entire prep career at Murrieta Valley High School in California, but he only received some walk-on offers.

"I was set to walk-on at San Diego State and greyshirted there," Berry told JCFootball.com recently. "I enrolled there in January and was playing spring ball, but I didn't feel happy there and wanted a chance to get a scholarship somewhere so I came to Palomar in the summer and I am really happy I did because I've had a lot of fun."

Last year, Berry played left guard while filling in for the Comets at a need position, but this season he's shifted over to center where he's much more comfortable.

"I'd play anything they wanted me to, I just wanted to get on the field and play," Berry said. "I hadn't really ever played guard before last season so that was different, but I think I did pretty well and this year I'm playing my more natural position and it feels good."

Recruiting is just now picking up for Berry and a Pac 10 school seems to be the closest to offering.

"I talked with coach (Joel) Thomas up at Washington and he said he wanted my transcripts," Berry said. "He said they were going to be watching my film and figuring out if they wanted to offer, but he said he was impressed with me when he saw us practice.

"Rutgers is the other school that has been out at our practice and called me and said they really like me as well.

"The other schools I've talked to are Tennessee and Wyoming, but Washington and Rutgers are the main two right now."

Berry makes the offensive line calls for a team that is averaging 429 yards of total offense per game.

"I'm smart and my footwork and agility are real good," Berry said. "This past summer I really worked on my strength and putting on more weight so it's something I've really been focused on."

Berry was a full-qualifier, so he can enroll at any time and his plan is to sign with a school after the Comets' season is completed and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

This coming weekend Palomar, 8-2, has a bye week before they begin the state playoffs on November 21st.

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