In the last few weeks, Rivals100 cornerback Eric Berry out of Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside has picked up a handful of scholarship offers from schools across the country. One of the offers particularly stood out to the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder.
"I've been getting a lot of offers in the last few weeks from South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, Louisville and the biggest one for me was from Southern Cal," he said. "I got the offer from them about a week ago. I am still at a loss for words about that scholarship.
"I didn't really think they offer anyone outside of the state and I was definitely shocked when it came in the mail. It caught me off guard to tell you the truth. I still haven't talked to the coaches from USC yet, but hopefully I can sometime soon."
Last week Berry also attended a combine at Georgia Tech.
"I was pretty happy with my performance there. I ran a 4.31-second 40 and a 4.4-second shuttle. I also had a 37.5 inch vertical," he said. "I think I could have probably done better in my vertical and shuttle, but it was a real good day anyway. Unfortunately I wasn't able to perform in one on ones because I had to leave early. The combine overall was a lot of fun and very competitive."
The Georgia athlete had plans to participate in the upcoming Nike Camp at Georgia, but won't be doing so anymore.
"I was going to perform, but I broke my hand after a track meet a few days ago," he said. "Recovery is going fine and it should be better in about four weeks. I still plan to go to Athens to support my teammates."
Despite all the offers Berry has one school that stands out for his services.
"I'd probably say Tennessee is my leader," he said. "They continue to send me a whole bunch of mail and really show how much they want me. All of the coaches are great guys and they have already gone one step further and talked to my teachers to get valuable information about me."
Though he claims the Volunteers are his early leader, there is plenty of time before he makes a decision.
"I plan to take all five of my official visits and commit sometime on or close to Signing Day," he said. "I'm really looking for a school that I'm comfortable with the coaches. I also plan to study pre-med wherever I go so that could be a big factor in my decision as well."
This summer Berry doesn't have any camps planned, but he is going to take an unofficial swing through the Southeast.
"I plan to take a tour with a few of my teammates this summer by going to all the Florida schools along with South Carolina, Clemson and probably Auburn," he said. "Basically I'm hoping to go and visit these schools to get more information on them to see if I'd like to take an official there."