"I am a Buckeye," Jaamal Berry
stated today in an exclusive interview with Scout.com. "I told Coach Tressel today in his office. He was pretty excited to get the news and I'm pretty happy myself. I came here last spring and fell in love with the place. This weekend my mom and I came up here because I wanted her to see Ohio State
and meet the coaches. We drove up here and got here in time for the Youngstown State game. Today we toured the facilities and met with the academic staff. My mom is totally excited about my decision. I actually told Coach Tressel before I told her. Today is her birthday and I just wished her a happy birthday and told her I was a Buckeye."
Berry, 5-foot-11, and 185-pounds, is excited to join the Buckeye program and is thrilled to be playing with freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor.
"I feel so much at home here and everybody treats me so great," he stated. "This just feels like the perfect place for me. I love the way they run their offense and I feel I can do real well in this system. Playing with Terrelle Pryor will be great and I'm happy to be his teammate next year. I know I need to work hard and have a lot to work on, but I'm looking forward to doing what I need to do to get out on the field. I'm good to go academically and I will be taking the ACT in October. My mom and I were really glad to meet with the acdemic staff and go over all that stuff."
Even though the Berry commitment is no surprise, Buckeye fans across the country will be celebrating the formal announcement. Berry is rated as one of the top tailback prospects in the country and had a great summer camp season, highlighted by a 4.31 forty yard dash time at a Florida combine.
Miami Palmetto superstar tailback Jaamal Berry is the 25th member of the 2009 Ohio State recruiting class. Berry committed to Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel earlier today. The landing of Berry is yet another five-star recruit in this amazing class. Bill Greene spoke with Berry immediately after the commitment and has this report.
The five-star prospect became Ohio State verbal commitment No. 25 on Sunday.
Berry pulled the trigger Sunday.