Boston College added another piece to the upcoming freshman class with the commitment of 2017 DT Jaleel Berry from Nottingham New York. Why was this recruit so late in committing? According to a report on Syracuse.com it was due to academic issues that he had to jump through:
With the assistance of SAT tutors, Berry was making progress. He was also making progress in the weight room. Soon, he had the kind of numbers that made Division I programs like Boston College jump. He was bench pressing 425 pounds and scored 1020 on his SAT.
Berry because of the academic concerns did not have many other claimed offers, or a RIvals page. However, at 6’2 320 pounds, he is an intriguing last minute commit for the Eagles, especially at a position (DT) that they need to add depth at. Currently the Eagles have Ray Smith, Noa Merritt, Kevin Cohee and Jack Kenny playing at the defensive tackle position along with true freshman T.J. Rayan and Nate Emer.
Berry is excited to get to Boston College according to the report:
"It was like a dream come true," Berry said. "Signing on the dotted line, it was like everything was in front of me. Being able to experience a full higher education is just amazing. Everything I've done and worked to be in this position all paid off."
You can check out his HUDL film below. Welcome to the Heights Jaleel!