Two years ago Brandon Berry didn’t make the grades needed to play Division I football. This fall he’ll enroll at Syracuse as a defensive end. Berry joined Fizz Radio this week to discuss what motivates him, where he’ll fit at Syracuse and much more.
On going the JUCO route
“In high school, I had Georgia Tech, I had Syracuse and I had South Alabama talking to me, but then I didn’t make the grades and my test scores were low so I had to go to Highland (a junior college in Kansas). Now I’ve got a point to prove. I should be playing in the power five, I’ve got the skills to be playing in the power five. I just had to sit back and get my grades right before I could play.”
On why he chose SU
“I chose Syracuse because they’re young and they’re rebuilding. They had freshmen [defensive lineman] playing in the game so they need an older guy to come in and make an impact. It’s a good opportunity for me to play right away.”
On Vinson Reynolds
“We had better communication compared to the other coaches I was talking to. We talked about coming in and playing, my family, his family, the city of Syracuse and the people in it.”
On why he has three years of eligibility remaining
“When I first got to Highland, I was playing linebacker because we were running a 3-4 and they redshirted me because they thought I wasn’t ready. Then the next year a new coach came on and we went to a 4-3 and I got my shot playing.”
On visiting Syracuse this weekend
“I’m looking forward to seeing the campus, the football team, the facilities. I’m excited to meet the rest of the coaches and other people on the staff.”
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Posted: Connor Morrissette