June 29, 2009

Berry plans to visit Colorado State

Oklahoma City (OK) John Marshall inside linebacker Ken Berry Jr. knows what it means to be a team's cornerstone, as the JMHS Bears have recently implemented a new defensive scheme built around him.

At 6-foot-1, 217 pounds, Berry has started working out at the mike linebacker position in John Marshall's new 4-3 defense, a change from last season when the Bears alternated between a 4-2-5 and a 4-4. He says he's settling in well at middle linebacker.

"It's going well, I'm playing Mike now," Berry said. "I like it, I think everything is going well at my new position."

With a new John Marshall defensive built for him, it will be interesting to see how Berry's numbers fluctuate from his junior season in 2008 where he had 169 tackles-117 of those being solo-10 sacks and an interception. This 4-3 defense is very similar to the one ran at Colorado State under defensive coordinator Larry Kerr.

The Bears have also installed a new spread offense, one where Berry will line up at running back much like he did in 2008 where he averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

On the recruiting side of things, not a whole lot has changed in the last month.

"Recruiting has been going fine. I've just been trying to workout and get better. I still have those two offers from Colorado State and Air Force. No one new has really came into the picture."

While no one new has came into the mix lately, Berry has been thinking about making a few visits, although no time line has been set.

"I want to come check out Colorado State. I have some family up in Colorado so I think it would be nice to see ... I haven't seen the new indoor practice facility, but coach (Greg Peterson) has told me about it and it sounds nice."

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