Eric Berry stuck with a local connection.
Now the former University of Tennessee safety and the Allegiant Athletic Agency are preparing to make a national splash.
The potential top-three pick in the NFL draft was officially introduced as a client by a3 on Monday, firming up Berry’s plans for representation in time for a critical audition at the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis.
“We are honored to be representing Eric Berry,” company president Chad Speck said in a release. “Eric is obviously an outstanding talent on the football field, and his character and integrity is going to be a welcome addition to any franchise. He is truly a first-class individual with a wonderful family supporting him.”
His ties to the UT family also seemed to figure prominently in the decision to sign with Speck, who along with Jared Karnes represents three other Vols in the NFL as well as recently dismissed basketball player Tyler Smith.
Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Anthony Herrera and Baltimore Ravens receiver Kelley Washington also are clients, and Berry is clearly in line to join them at the next level.
After finding somebody to help work for him, the next step for Berry is finding out who’s going to employ him. The interviews start this week.