The Daily News has received confirmation from Warren Central (Ind.) High School coach John Hart that former Louisville commit Eric Robinson-Berry (DB) has in fact changed his mind and has given a verbal committment to coach Willie Taggart and Western Kentucky.
Robinson-Berry becomes the sixth Rivals.com three-star player to give Taggart and company a verbal, one more than last season’s No. 1-ranked Rivals.com recruiting class.
According to Hart, Robinson-Berry was asked to grayshirt at Louisville – which helped lead to a change in heart. The full change came though when Robinson-Berry made a visit to WKU over the weekend.
“He’s really excited about becoming a Hilltopper and that’s the first thing he told me after his visit,” Hart said. “He just said ‘coach, I had a great visit and I’m going to be a Hilltopper.”
Robinson-Berry will join Warren Central teammate Devin Scott – a two-star tight end who has already verballed with the Hilltoppers – at WKU next season. Hilltopper junior offensive tackle Ed Hazelett is also a Warren Central product.
When asked what type of athlete Robinson-Berry is, Hart basically said he’s of the elite variety.
“If you talk about the top one percent of athletes in the country, he’s in the 0.1 of the one percent of those athletes,” Hart said. “He was at a camp at Ohio State and they clocked him at 4.28 in the 40. He’s a terrific track guy and also has state qualifications in the high jump.”
Hart also talked about the current impact that Taggart and his staff have made throughout the recruiting landscape over the past two seasons, explaining that things only look bright for the future of WKU football.
“There’s a tremendous amount of respect coming out of (Taggart’s recent recruiting success),” Hart said. “I’ve known coach Taggart for many years and also coach (Terry) Obee and coach (Mike) Sanford. When you’ve got three people that represent themselves the way those three do, I think Western Kentucky has got a great chance to be on a huge upswing.”