Long County High School football standout Josh Berry has earned a full football grant and scholarship to attend Savannah State University for the 2014-15 school year, according to a letter he has received.
“I would like to thank the Man upstairs because without Him this wouldn’t be possible, especially with my past … I feel ecstatic, I never saw anything like this coming. I love the game of football and to be able to play and to go to school for free is a chance of a lifetime,” Berry said.
“Coach (Earnest) Wilson is a great guy, and my position coach, Coach (Mister) Askew is a pretty cool guy as well. I love the coaching staff as a whole. It’s just a great environment to be in and it’s close to home so all of my hometown fans can come out and watch me play,” Berry said.
Berry attended LCHS from 2009-2013 and excelled at both basketball and football. As a senior for the Blue Tide football team he became the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher running for 1,292 yards. He also led the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns. That same year he also was the Coastal Courier/Mike Reed Chevrolet player of the year for Long County and was the co-player of the year for the 2-AA Region.
As a senior he led the football team to its best record in school history going 5-5.
Blue Tide Head Football Coach Ron Flott had good things to say about Berry.
“He’s is a great kid, who you have to admire for not giving up … When you think about Josh, the word relentless has to be a part of his resume,” Flott said.
He also said he believes Berry has the ability to succeed at any level.
“I put no limit on Josh,” Flott said. “I’ve coached a lot of football players and none have been better than him. He has the skill set to play football at any level.”
SSU is a Division I FCS School founded in 1890. It is a member of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference. This year, the Tigers had a tough season, going 1-11.