JUCO defensive end transfer Brandon Berry officially signed with Syracuse on Wednesday, joining a large group of young Orange defensive linemen. Berry said Syracuse was his top choice back in December, but didn’t publicly announce his verbal commitment until January.
Hometown: Griffin, Ga.
High School Junior College: Highland Community College
Stats: 6’4”, 230 pounds
Commitment Date: January 23, 2016
Ratings: Three stars by 247Sports and Scout, two stars by ESPN and unranked by Rivals
Other Offers: Berry received offers from Colorado State, Minnesota and Toledo.
Dino’s Projected Nickname: “Cap’n Brandon’s Crunch Berry-ies”
Despite having one more year of collegiate experience over fellow Syracuse Class of 2017 defensive ends Zach Morton and Jonathan Kinglsey, Berry will still have a tough time carving out playing time this season, as the Orange will return five defensive ends from last season.
Berry is rated as the No. 11 weak-side defensive end in the JUCO Class of 2017 by 247 Sports. In his lone season at Highland Community College, Berry recorded 48 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, 11.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.