NCF On The Trail: Eric Berry

Berry twins commit to Tennessee

November, 4, 2013
Despite losing 31-3 to Missouri on Saturday, Tennessee secured commitments from twin brothers Evan and Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) on Monday. The brothers chose Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.

The Berry twins are younger brothers of former Tennessee All-American and current Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry. Their father, James Berry, was a running back for Tennessee from 1978 to 1981.

Evan, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound athlete, announced his decision via Twitter.
Committed to UT this morning

— Evan Berry (@aSuperManDoe) November 4, 2013

Evan is the No. 290-ranked player in the country and is being recruited by Tennessee to play on either side of the ball -- though his preference is offense.

Elliot, a 6-foot, 193-pound athlete, is being recruited as an outside linebacker for the Volunteers.

For Tennessee, their fourth-ranked recruiting class gets even stronger. The Vols now have 29 verbal commitments including 11 that are ranked in the ESPN 300. All 25 high school commits are ranked three-star prospects or higher. The remaining four commitments are from junior college players.

With Elliot in the fold, Tennessee now has six linebacker commitments.

The news of the Berry twins commitments couldn’t have come at a better time for Tennessee. The Vols lost a commitment Sunday night from junior college wide receiver Kameel Jackson (Arlington, Texas/Blinn College).
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Fraternal twins Evan and Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) have yet to play a down of their junior seasons. Evan says he is not yet driving, and Elliot says he has a lot to work on as a player. Yet for more than three years, the Berry twins have dealt with being the first notable FBS prospects in the 2014 class, thanks to a certain NFL Pro Bowl safety who has praised the brothers since they were in middle school.

Former Tennessee Volunteers star Eric Berry, who now plays safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, honored his younger brothers with a tattoo of each, one on the inside of each of his arms, and proclaimed in 2008 that the two were more advanced than he was at the same age.

Elliot, the elder of the twins by two minutes, is well aware of the early spotlight.