NCAA
 
 

ERIC BERRY

Height: 6-0
Weight: 194 lbs.
School: Creekside
Hometown: Fairburn, GA
COMMITMENT: Tennessee

PROFILE:

Eric Berry won't have a problem starting on Saturdays for a national collegiate powerhouse next fall. It's just a matter of what side of the ball he'll be playing on.

A quarterback in high school, the 6-0, 194-pound senior has been considered one of the nation's most dynamic players and the best athlete in the state of Georgia.

In his senior year alone, Berry put up more than 2,000 yards of total offense (1,544 yards rushing and 1,008 yards passing) and 22 touchdowns from behind center. Over his four years at Creekside, he totaled 3,532 passing yards and 4,491 yards.

But Berry won't be hurling passes or calling signals in college.

The Georgia native will be converting to either cornerback or wide receiver next fall, and he has all the attributes to succeed at the next level, particularly as a defensive back.

Benching pressing 315 pounds and running 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, Berry has impeccable speed and strength to go along with his vertical jump of 37.5 inches. He's often been compared to Army All-American alumnus and Penn State star Justin King.

Ranked as the nation's top cornerback recruit and No. 11 in Tom Lemming's Class of 2007, Berry tallied seven interceptions and broke up 20 passes as a free safety during his sophomore season.

Georgia, Miami, Texas, USC, Florida and Ohio State all showed interest but with his father being a former football player at Tennessee, Berry will be headed to Knoxville in the fall to play for Phillip Fulmer.

TOM LEMMING'S TAKE:

He has played mainly quarterback the past two years but has been one of the most recruited cornerback prospects in the country. This season he proved to be a difference maker at the quarterback position, showing great speed, instincts and the ability to make the big play. He earned MVP honors in the greater Atlanta area.