KNOXVILLE – The Berry twins have finally decided to call Tennessee home.
Evan and Elliott Berry – the twin sons of former Tennessee running back James Berry and the younger brother of former UT safety Eric Berry, now of the Kansas City Chiefs – committed to coach Butch Jones over the weekend, ending years of speculation that they would ultimately land in Knoxville.
Though both are standouts at Creekside (Ga.) High School like Eric, Elliott and Evan are different players than their star older brother.
Evan (5-11, 195), a consensus four-star prospect, is a speedy defensive back who won the Georgia Class AAAAA state championship in the 100-meters with a time of 10.95 seconds this past summer.
Elliott (5-11, 190), a consensus three-star prospect, is a versatile player who could play in multiple spots including linebacker, safety or running back.
“The biggest thing that I like about that is they haven’t even reached their full potential,” Eric Berry said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this summer. “They are still learning the game. I think the point when they are going to become real, real great is in college when they really get a coach and really get a defined position to focus working on their craft and stuff like that. They are pretty much just all over the place right now.”
The twins had a similar offer list that included Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Miami, South Carolina and Missouri.
After the de-commitment of junior college wide receiver Kameel Jackson over the weekend, the Vols now have 29 pledges in what is expected to be a class of 30. It likely won’t be as simple as adding one more commitment, though. With Tennessee still pursuing several top prospects, there will likely be some shuffling between now and signing day in early February.
How they fit: It’s difficult to label both at one specific position. Evan seems most likely to end up in the secondary – likely at cornerback. He’s got decent size and plenty of speed at a position that the Vols need help at.
Elliott is more of a wildcard. He could wind up as a safety, linebacker or even on offense in some capacity.
Regardless of their ultimate position home, Tennessee landed two impressive athletes who will help with overall depth and could be immediate special teams contributors as well.
ESPN.com: 3-star; 106th best OLB
Rivals.com: 3-star; 29th best ‘athlete’
Scout.com: 3-star; 120th best S
247Sports.com: 3-star; 83rd best S
247Sports.com Composite: 3-star; 59th best S
ESPN.com: 4-star; 290th best overall; 37th best ‘athlete’
Rivals.com: 4-star; 22nd best CB
Scout.com: 4-star; 26th best S
247Sports.com: 3-star; 55th best CB
247Sports.com Composite: 4-star; 287th best overall; 23rd best CB
Tennessee’s 2014 commitments (247Sports Composite ranking):
CB/ATH Evan Berry (4-star)
ATH Elliott Berry (3-star)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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