The signature is officially in for '15 DE/TE Rashod Berry of Lorain (OH). Moments ago, the Ohio State coaching staff received the NLOI from the nation's 36th-ranked weak-side defensive end and the 31st-ranked senior in Ohio.
Additional programs that were in pursuit for the three-star pass rusher include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Syracuse, and others. The Lorain native is a player that wanted to be a Buckeye all along. Berry's offer from Ohio State came on October 21st, after an unofficial visit to the campus, and he committed just one day later.
Berry is a player that could very well find himself in the defensive line room with Larry Johnson. But there is also a possibility that he could be coached up by TE coach Tim Hinton in the Scarlet and Gray. Despite being ranked as a defensive lineman by recruiting services, the 6'5, 240-pounder told me in December that he thinks he wants to be on the offensive side.
However, since he is ranked as a defensive lineman, that is how Land Grant Holy-Land's Christopher Jason dissected his tape. Quickly after Berry's commitment to OSU, Jason had the following to say about him:
"Rashod Berry is a tall (6'5) yet lean (230 pounds) defensive end right now. He needs to fill out, and will likely take a redshirt season to develop his body.
Berry has long arms, which he uses to his advantage to free himself up from offensive linemen. He lacks power right now, and is not much of a bull rusher even at the high school level. He needs to create a pass rush arsenal since he lacks any type of pass rush plan. He displays a good motor, and does pretty well in the run game, even showing range to the sideline on a couple plays.
Overall, I think Berry is a rising three-star prospect who may have an impact on the defensive line rotation once he bulks up and fills out his lengthy frame."
Berry's offensive and defensive film can be viewed below: