April 20, 2008

Berry leaves Ohio State with high praise

One prospect that continues to prove that he will be one of the most highly recruited players out of south Florida is running back Jaamal Berry. This weekend, Berry took an unofficial visit to a town a long way from his hometown of Miami when he headed North to Ohio State. However he still felt quite at home.

"It was great," Berry said of the trip. "I loved everything about Ohio State. They're the top school for sure. The fans were screaming out our names and asking for autographs. It was a cool experience."

The trip started for Berry on Friday when he took in the Ohio State facilities and extended to Saturday and the Buckeye Spring Game.

"Friday we went to the football facilities and met with the coaches and then we barely got to the afternoon practices and took a tour. Saturday was the Spring Game and after the Spring Game they had a picnic for the players and the recruits. It was fun."

Despite some poor weather conditions, the support of the Ohio State faithful made a strong impression on Berry.

"The Spring Game was good. There were so many fans to be at a Spring Game and on top of that it was raining and there were still a lot of fans. They had a mixed team that they drafted and they competed. They both competed and ran the ball and had a balanced offense."

Berry took a close look at the way the running backs were utilized in the game and came away impressed. He also liked what he heard about how the running backs may be utilized in the future in Columbus.

"They're talking about doing a new formation with two running backs in the backfield and I think that sounds cool," he said. "It's going to be like a 'pony' formation."

Though Berry doesn't have much to compare his trip to, that didn't stop him from giving high praise to his time in Ohio and name the Buckeyes as a clear leader.

"I give it a '10'," he said. "Ohio State will be one of the top two for sure. I don't know who the others are. This was my first visit. I don't know what to compare it to but it was a really good experience meeting Coach Tressel and meeting all of the other coaches. They were all great."

Berry, who was the Nike Camp running back MVP in Gainesville last week does not have any plans to visit anywhere else to date but hopes to schedule more trips this summer.


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