A football recruiting report on Eric Berry is featured…
Highly Ranked Prospect Visiting AU Saturday
Fairburn, Ga.--Speedy Eric Berry is rated by Scout.com as the nation's number one cornerback prospect, but currently that's a position he doesn't play for the undefeated Creekside Indians. The reason is because the 6-0, 194 Berry is too valuable playing quarterback and patrolling the entire defense from his safety position. A dominating player because of his combination of size and blazing speed, Berry says that it's hard to imagine his year starting off any better. "We're doing good," Berry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We're 7-0 right now. I know I have two picks, one for a touchdown, 18 total touchdowns and well over 1,000 total yards." To be exact Berry has rushed the ball 69 times for 749 yards and nine touchdowns this season and he's shown his athleticism throwing the football as well with 21 completions in 45 attempts for 442 yards and four more scores. Berry's numbers don't end there as he's also returned a punt 71 yards for a score and his interception return covered 53 yards. Those numbers add up to one heck of a high school player that has drawn interest from the nation's top programs. Eric Berry is as dangerous with the ball in his hands as he is trying to keep them out of the hands of receivers. It's not easy to break down Berry's season into memorable games, but he's had two his senior season that really standout with the first coming against rival Starr's Mill from Fayetteville. On the game's third play, Berry raced 74 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter he tacked on a 31-yard scamper and finished the first 12 minutes with 145 rushing yards on just five carries. In the second quarter he put the finishing touches on a victory with a 53-yard interception return as Creekside won 28-13. Two weeks later Berry again dominated as Creekside took down undefeated Woodward Academy 32-0 behind 196 total yards and three touchdowns from Berry. With offers from just about every school in the country, Berry has narrowed his choices down to a select five schools with one of them being the Auburn Tigers. This weekend he is scheduled to make an official visit to the Plains when the Tigers take on Tulane for homecoming. Berry says he's looking forward to seeing the campus and spending time with the Auburn players and coaches after visiting with a select few over the summer. "I sat down and talked with Coach (Will) Muschamp and I really like his philosophy," Berry says. "I like his style of coaching. It was simple but it was intense and made sense. I watched the Florida game and they did good. I liked that game a lot. The defense has been doing pretty good. They're helping the offense out and come to play. "I'm just looking forward to finding out more about Auburn from the players," he adds. "I just want to see how it is on campus. The reason I'm visiting is because Auburn has been showing me a lot of love so I might as well take a visit down there. It seems like they're going to take care of me. They call me every week and when they do they just want to talk, they're not really trying to recruit. They're just being cool. They call once a week." Being recruited by the Tigers as a cornerback/wide receiver who could see action both ways, Berry says most of the schools are talking with him about that role and even a few as a quarterback. With so many options Berry says he's narrowed his list down to a manageable number heading into the home stretch of the season. "I'm looking at Auburn, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee and Georgia," he adds. "I haven't set up visits for them yet. I'm going to make my decision close to signing day after I take all my visits."
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