No. 1 Survivor

"All these schools call me at least once a day to speak to me or my mother," said Eric Berry. "Even though I'm sure my mother would want me to stay close to home she doesn't try and sway me. Now that my season is done, I can focus on making a decision. I plan on taking all five visits and taking all the time I need to make my choice. I want to see each school as if I were a student..."

Scout.com's No. 1 cornerback, Eric Berry (6-0, 194, 4.35), from Fairburn Creekside High School (Ga.), continues to steadfastly deny a leader--but favors Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, USC and Ohio State. All have offered.

"The Buckeyes are visiting my house on Tuesday," Berry said. "Coach Tim Beckman (cornerbacks) and Coach Paul Haynes (safeties) are visiting to meet my mother as well as to discuss positions. I currently play quarterback and safety at school, but I am being recruited as a cornerback. The coaches say that I would be a great cornerback because of my body type and the way I move.

"Ohio State has great tradition. They are always playing for the National Championship or are in some big bowl game. They have a great academic program and offer my field of study, which is pre-med. My official visit is set for January 12. I'm looking forward to seeing the campus and meeting all the players. I've been talking to the coaches and they seem very helpful and down-to-earth.

"I've only taken one official visit and that was to Auburn on October 20. They have a lot to offer," he said. "During the visit they treated my mom very well. Coach Terry Price (defensive ends) and Coach Will Muschamp (defensive coordinator) answered all our questions. I want to make sure I can survive college. All players are only a knee injury away from our football career being over. The decision comes down to liking the campus and being able to survive in the school's atmosphere.

"Georgia was the first to offer. I grew up going to their camps and learning from their coaches. Coach Willie Martinez (defensive coordinator/secondary) is anxious to have me visit. But, we haven't set a date yet. I know a great deal about Georgia, but look forward to the official visit to get a better view of what to expect as a student.

"I attended two games last year and two games this year at Tennessee," Berry said. "I'm really impressed with the coaches. The reason these are my five favorite schools is because I like the coaching staff. As a player, I have to respect the coaches and get along with them. If I don't have a positive relationship with my coaches then it will make it extremely tough to play. I'm in the process of setting up an official visit with Tennessee.

"USC is an amazing school. Even though they just lost against UCLA, Coach Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches around. The fact that they lost only shows that even the best of teams have room for improvement. Coach Carroll came to watch me during spring training and said he was impressed.

"All these schools call me at least once a day to speak to me or my mother," he said. "Even though I'm sure my mother would want me to stay close to home she doesn't try and sway my decision. Now that my season is done (12-1, Div 4A quarterfinals), I can focus on making a decision. I plan on taking all five visits and taking all the time I need to make my choice. I want to see each school as if I were a student."

Berry reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 970 SAT score.

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