Berry, Couldn’t Wait to be a Buckeye
Florida high school running back prospect Jamaal Berry,
a senior at Miami's Palmetto High, was in
attendance at Ohio State's season-opening game against Youngstown State
on Saturday, along with his mother Eartha, a teammate and a friend.
By Steve Patterson
The best senior
running back in the country wants to attend Ohio State
in 2009 and committed to the Buckeyes over the weekend during the unofficial
visit. He now can focus on his grades and his senior season in football.
Stories have the four Florida visitors flying
into Atlanta and driving to Columbus to be able to afford the unofficial
Berry has offers from some
of the best programs in the country including LSU,
Ole Miss, Florida, Florida
State, and Michigan. He may still visit Ole
Miss and several of these colleges to fulfill promises he has made to coaches
and recruiting coordinators. He will also make an official visit to Ohio State
for the Michigan game along with many of his
2009 Ohio State classmates.
A superfast runner, Berry was recently
clocked at 4.43 in the 40 yard dash with a laser timer and also ran 4.3 in the
40 according to a hand timer. He is joining a rather large backfield group in
2009 including Jordan Hall, Carlos Hyde, and Adam Homan. Homan is the only one
likely to be a fullback with the other three coming in as tailbacks.
The Ohio State
class is now full at 25 commits but might allow a couple more recruits to
squeeze in with winter enrollments in either 2008 or 2009. Cleveland Glenville
offensive line prospect Marcus Hall is expected to join the class. He is one of
the best tackles in the country. Also Tennessee
wide receiver Marlon Brown is considering Ohio State
and is too good to pass up if he wants to become a Buckeye.