March 31, 2009

Berry set to make an immediate impact

Following two standout seasons at East Mississippi Community College, wide receiver Leon Berry was very close to continuing his collegiate career with Southern Miss.

But six days after making his commitment to the Golden Eagles he visited Mississippi State and sign a national letter of intent to play in Starkville for new head coach Dan Mullen.

"Mississippi State was the right choice," Berry said. "We've got Dan Mullen coming in and he's running the spread offense. It was a good choice for me. I'm glad I came."

Berry provides immediate help in the wide receiver corps that were drastically depleted due to graduation last season. The Griffin, Ga., native enrolled in school during January in order to go through spring drills in order to be able to learn the offense and train over the summer in preparation for next season.

"It's a big advantage for me to already be here," Berry said. "I will already know (the offense). I can teach the new guys coming in and I'll already be in shape. It's a good deal."

This past season at EMCC Berry pulled down 39 catches for 661 yards and five touchdowns. He continued to be one of the most dangerous return men in JUCO football returning 19 kickoffs for 485 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 10 punts for 129 yards and a touchdown

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