Monday, November 4, 2013
Scouts' Take: Berry twins to Tennessee
By Tom Luginbill
Tennessee received commitments Monday from twins Evan and Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside). The pair has chosen to follow in the footsteps of their older brother, Vols great and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry. Elliot Berry is a three-star outside linebacker. Read below to see how our scouts believe Evan, an ESPN 300 prospect, can make a big impact in Knoxville, Tenn.
What Evan Berry brings: Positional versatility. The biggest question is where to play him. From an upside standpoint, he is similar to current Vols safety Brian Randolph, but has played almost exclusively as a wildcat QB, so he needs to be shaped, developed and molded into whichever position he ends up. This might take a redshirt year for growth and aptitude of a singular position.
Signature trait: Football instincts. Berry has ball skills, open-field vision and quickness, great feet and we do not anticipate a steep learning curve, but one nonetheless. Keep in mind, the more you can do, the more valuable you become.
Reminds us of: As an athlete/wide receiver, Ohio State's Philly Brown, as a safety, Randolph.
How is class shaping up: Excellent. With 29 commitments to this point, Butch Jones’ group has room for one more and they would love for it to be wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp), but that could be a tall order. They currently sit with the fourth-ranked class and have added much needed depth in the offensive line as well as more team speed overall. Qualifying for a bowl game would be a huge accomplishment toward hitting the offseason on a high note.