Eric Berry’s twin brothers are the star attractions of Creekside’s spring football practices

NFL first-rounder Eric Berry recently had his No. 10 jersey retired at Creekside High School (AJC photo)

NFL first-rounder Eric Berry recently had his No. 10 jersey retired at Creekside High School (AJC photo)

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Two of the nation’s most highly-anticipated freshmen will be on display for Creekside’s spring game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Who are these guys? There are the Berry Twins, Evan and Elliot Berry.

Perhaps you’ve heard the last name? Older brother Eric Berry, who also played at Creekside, was the fifth overall choice of last month’s NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The twins have as much potential, as least at this young age. Both are bigger and faster than Eric was as a baby-faced freshman, say Creekside’s coaches.

Here’s the breakdown of the Berry Twins:

Evan Berry: The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is competing to be Creekside’s No. 1 QB. Said coach Johnny White: “He throws the ball very well, he’s a very good athlete, and extremely fast — running 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at Scout’s combine.”

Elliot Berry: The 6-foot, 190-pounder  is a candidate to start at tailback. Said White: “Big, fast, and wants to be great. They are both hard workers.”

The Berry twins, due to their famous football lineage, will be to talk of Creekside for the next four years. But the Fairburn school has plenty of other talented players:

Josh Holsey, DB, 5-11, 180: Now a junior, Holsey was the first freshman to start at cornerback since Eric Berry and Terrance Parks (signed with Florida State). He had 5 interceptions last year, and will likely be highly recruited.

Josh Freeman, DT, 6-0, 280: Described as “the heartbeat of the team” and was second in tackles last year as a junior with 96.

Corey Redwine, DT, 6-2, 285: The senior had 83 tackles, including 17 tackles for losses. Redwine has generated a lot of curiosity from SEC and ACC schools.

What about this spring for Creekside? The Seminoles have major parts of both the offensive and defensive line returning. They need skills players, and are also looking at other freshmen than the Berry Twins to play right away.

Team: Creekside Seminoles

Spring Game: 7 p.m. Friday

Spring practice dates: Ends May 14

Last year’s record: 6-4

Starters lost: 9

Head coach: Johnny White

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27 comments Add your comment

Native Atlantan

May 12th, 2010
8:43 am

I’m sure the Berry twins are good, but who in the hell are timing these kids, how do these kids run 4.43 and later on in college slow down to 4.55 or worse. It just shows you the hype is everywhere, having run track in college, I can tell you there are not as many people as you think that truly run 4.4, 40 yard dashes. That all being said, the Berry twins will definitely be 4 or 5 star guys by the time they become seniors, regardless of whether or not they deserve it.


May 12th, 2010
8:47 am

My first “first” and it comes with best wishes from the former Voice. Best of luck and GATA Noles.


May 12th, 2010
8:56 am

Native…simple difference in hand held and FAT timing. I see it all the time in track. Most of the ridulous times are hand held (stopwatch) times. The NFL combine uses FAT timing, which is used in the Olympics. The margin for error is usually around .2. For example, a 4.43 is probably more like a 4.63


May 12th, 2010
9:30 am

Please let us know when the Berry twins commit to UT…


May 12th, 2010
9:51 am

Joe, and we all know they will be Vols one day!


May 12th, 2010
10:02 am

With back to back 6 win seasons coming for Derek Dooley, I look for the Berry twins to be wearing Red & Black in Athens.


May 12th, 2010
10:15 am

pretty sure that happened when they were 8th graders joe


May 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

Dawgs97, you dare question the coaching accumen of Derek Dooley, son of the legendary Georgia coach, your very own Vince Dooley? Blasphemy, pure blasphemy:)

Al Beeski

May 12th, 2010
12:23 pm

i don’t give @#$$ if humpty dumpty was holding the stopwatch, aint NO WAY in hell a ninth grader ran a 4.43 forty yard dash.


May 12th, 2010
12:32 pm

The Berry twins are exceptional track athletes as well. The are USATF JR Olympics National Champions and both can compete at the high school (varsity) level in the 100m and 200m. In fact, Elliot ran an 11.08 and 22.31 in the 100m & 200m as a 7th grader. Evan is not far behind. So, 4.43 in the 40 may not be too far off. Check out (Youth division) for more facts.


May 12th, 2010
12:48 pm

The Berry Twins are 13 years old and in the 8th Grade, Middle School.


May 12th, 2010
1:50 pm



May 12th, 2010
2:15 pm

They were offered the second Lame Kitten was hired by UT or was it the day before Fulmer was fired, or maybe it was at their Kindergarden graduaton ceremony.


May 12th, 2010
2:56 pm

I hear that they are young ,good and fast.Yes it is early in the game hopefully only to get better.They have some good leaders in that family .We shall see.


May 12th, 2010
3:42 pm

Why don’t you guys give the kids the benefit of being exceptional athletes and wish them well. They two good kids from good parents trying to be the best they can be and you guys are hating. If they were hoodlums you guys would be happy. Grow up and pray for them. Peace.

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
5:51 pm

These two ‘Berries’ are already all Vol. It’s in the genes and just like that fellow Eric that succeeded at Tennessee before them, they too will be playing Atop Rocky regular and not every other year…GBO

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

May 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

Awesome…and they’re only freshmen. Superior genes, clean living and church on Sundays! Whatever they’re feeding those Berry kids, I’d like to have some of it!

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

May 12th, 2010
6:13 pm

Gen Neyland

May 12th, 2010
5:51 pm
“These two ‘Berries’ are already all Vol. It’s in the genes and just like that fellow Eric that succeeded at Tennessee before them, they too will be playing Atop Rocky regular and not every other year…GBO”

Gen Neyland, I already know what your gonna say: “Those just aren’t any regular berries, those are VOL-Berries!” lol.


May 12th, 2010
9:21 pm

The Berry twins are still in Middle school, and not yet Freshman….you’ll have to wait till next school year 2010-2011 for that! Also, Dad was a football captain at Rocky Top in the late 70’s.


May 13th, 2010
12:01 am

To those who are hating…..having been in the community with the Berry nearly all these boys lives and watching them grow up and play football, they are indeed every bit as fast as they are reported to be. What you don’t know is that all three are EXCEPTIONAL young men, humble, kind, generous and respectful. I have been at their track meets and at a combine where they were timed, the numbers are not fudged! Get over it, they are THE TRUTH!!

TN Stone

May 13th, 2010
10:29 am

I dont know if it’s worth anything, but Evan was the only one that said he was interested in UT. Last I heard, Elliot mentioned LSU as a place of interest.


May 14th, 2010
9:41 am

Good luck to the Berry twins! My son Curtis Mason out of Villa Rica High posted a 4.41 in the 40 at the Jacksonville, FL Under Armour Combine but because our school does not have a “Great Football Team” and he doesn’t have a brother who has gone pro he gets put to the sideline. Check him out on You Tube!
Curtis Mason’s Junior and Sophomore Highlights!


May 14th, 2010
9:42 am

Oh I forgot Curtis Mason also was selected to the Ultimate 100 for the Underclassmen Combine.


May 14th, 2010
11:56 am

Fairburn Flames!! They used to put on a show every week in the MAYFL league.


June 15th, 2010
3:47 pm

If u doubters seen these young guys live, u would see that they are no where near average. The 4.43 timing isnt off much if any. trust me, i seen it with my own eyes. Youtube these young fellas and see for yourself.


July 18th, 2010
1:15 pm

Elliott is number 1 in the world in the 200 meter, and Evan is number 1 in the world in the 100. They are an exemption to the norm. The times are all correct! Check them out, before making judgement. All you have to do is google them.


July 20th, 2010
1:01 pm

I’ve seen the Berry boys play for 2 years. I’ll co-sign their potential.

Another 2 Freshman to watch out for is “Pac” (6′0″ 210) he’s got world class DE potential.
The other Freshman did not participate in Spring because of Baseball but 14 yr old Brandon “Hurricane” Carmouche (5′11″ 255lbs) is a beast on the inside who moves extremely well with quick feet. Wword is a very highly touted high school in LA where his Mom lives is recruiting him hard but lives here with his Dad. What a helluva Senior year we’ll have if those 4 pan out.