Eric Berry’s 14-year old brothers catch attention of Tennessee, UGA and UCLA

Creekside LB-RB Elliott Berry is one of two younger brothers of NFL first-rounder Eric Berry (AJC)

Creekside LB-RB Elliott Berry is one of two younger brothers of NFL first-rounder Eric Berry (AJC)

Eric Berry, the Tennessee All-America safety who was drafted No. 5 overall by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, has younger brothers that are twins.

One of them, Evan Berry, made national headlines last year when a recruiting website said that he was offered by Tennessee and committed to the Volunteers — while at the tender age of 13 years old, still in middle school, and playing for the local recreation department’s Fairburn Flames. It made Evan and Elliott, helped by their brother’s accomplishments, instant celebrities in recruiting circles.

Now it’s one year later, the twins (now at the old age of 14) have arrived at Creekside High and are working toward meeting the advanced hype.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Evan plays quarterback and safety — the same Creekside positions as Eric. Evan has thrown 9 TD passes in four games while running for three scores. Meanwhile, Elliott is 6-foot 193 pounds, taller than both brothers, plays linebacker and running back and leads the Creekside in tackles with 44.

“In the state of Georgia, because of what their older brother has done, they are two freshmen that everybody really knows about,” said Banneker coach Ed Gosa, whose team dropped a 25-6 decision to Creekside.
“Right now, I’d say they are holding their own. Eric dominated as a freshman and could change a game. The twins are not there yet, but they are going to be.”

“In the state of Georgia, because of what their older brother has done, they are two freshmen that everybody really knows about,” said Banneker coach Ed Gosa, whose team dropped a 25-6 decision to Creekside.

“Right now, I’d say they are holding their own. Eric dominated as a freshman and could change a game. The twins are not there yet, but they are going to be. I’d say in about two years, they are going to be forces to be reckoned with.”

Now back to the Tennessee thing: “Let me clarify that,” said their father, James Berry. “They were at track practice one evening, and you know how kids get around and talk about what schools they like, along with this or that. Other schools were talking about schools, and Evan said he liked Tennessee. Some reporter heard about that and ran with it. He actually asked Evan if he would like to go Tennessee and Evan said ‘Yes.’

“The next thing you know we’re getting phone calls from everywhere that he committed as a 13-year old. That was just a misunderstanding but it’s really no big deal to us. At 13, his opinion may change 10-11 times between then and when it’s time to go to college.”

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Evan Berry plays QB and safety -- just like Eric (AJC)

The elder Berry said that Tennessee did not formally offer a scholarship, rather saying  ”in the near future, if you want to play at Tennessee, we’ll have a place for you.”

UCLA and UGA have indicated the same scenario to not only Evan, but to both twins. We’re talking package deals. Evan said he went to a 7-on-7 tournament at UGA this past summer and later talked with Bulldogs coach Mark Richt. “Coach Richt told  me ‘I’ve seen enough. I like how you play at quarterback. And from what I’ve heard about your brother from other coaches, he can’t be much different. I want both of you to play for Georgia.’ I was pretty excited about it.”

Papa Berry isn’t reading into anything too much with recruiting just yet. “We’re thankful and blessed with the kind words from all the colleges. We know it’s all part of the recruiting process, to let these kids know early on that you’re interested in them. If a kid doesn’t pan out in 3-4 years, you may not hear back from the schools. If he does well, then they will stay after you.

“Right now, Evan and Elliott aren’t really thinking about colleges. They are focused on working hard to help out Creekside High School. All that other stuff is for later on.”

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46 comments Add your comment

HuckleBerry

September 23rd, 2010
4:37 pm

atlvol55

September 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Evan and Elliott….no better place than “Rocky Top” for college football. Dooley should have things pretty well on track by then…come on home.

Go Vols

rwdekalb

September 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

You can see their talent already. They are making an impact as freshmen they should both be super 11 as juniors and seniors.

rwdekalb

September 23rd, 2010
5:49 pm

Hey “AJC” staff has there ever been twin brother super 11s before or even 2 brothers period as super 11s at the same time?

Ben Payne

September 23rd, 2010
6:16 pm

Kane Whitehurst #5 – Senior Highlights (Games 1-2) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjM5QiUfI7k

Saint Richt

September 23rd, 2010
7:05 pm

Vol Freaking Locks…………..go cry in the corner UGAY fan……..

Bulldog huff

September 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

Dont count your chickens just yet.the family wasnt hurting for money and eric got out of dodge early,because of the trouble ahead.can you say probation.oh and eric was no lock for the uols.

Bulldog huff

September 23rd, 2010
7:44 pm

K.I.F.F.I.N. spells probation.lol. no really.

Teresa

September 23rd, 2010
8:22 pm

You could have mentioned that the dad played at UT to have a more complete story.

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Observer

September 23rd, 2010
9:04 pm

They won’t be following in their brother’s or father’s footsteps by attending Tennessee. These boys want to make a name for themselves elsewhere and they will be playing college ball at the same school.

RomeVol

September 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Dream on Observer…..the twins are all vol. Just like their Dad and brother.

westlakebaby

September 23rd, 2010
10:20 pm

lets talk about how they dont even live n the creekside area and they still attend that school

Bryant-Denny

September 23rd, 2010
11:22 pm

TUSCALOOSA — It hasn’t been announced officially yet, Alabama coach Nick Saban said tonight on his radio show, but he announced it anyway:

Alabama will play Michigan in 2012 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Share The Crimson Tide also will play games in Atlanta in 2013 and 2014 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, Saban said.

Alabama already is scheduled to open its 2012 season on Sept. 1 at home against Western Kentucky.
The Crimson Tide will visit Penn State on Sept. 10 next year, and it will play host to Georgia Southern on Nov. 19.

On Sept. 3, 2016, Alabama will play host to Michigan State. On Sept. 2, 2017 — the last year of Saban’s latest contract extension — the Tide will visit Michigan State, where Saban coached from 1995-99.

Bossman

September 24th, 2010
12:15 am

Bryant-Denny,
Go “F” yourself! The College Football world does not revolve around Tuscaloosa, nobody cares about your future schedule. You should really be worrying about the next job that Nick is auditioning for. I would lay down a cool grand that he will be coaching in Dallas or some other NFL city before 2016, most likely before that.

GoVols

September 24th, 2010
1:03 am

Just wait till our hostesses come to your school. Oh wait, is that illegal?

Rusty

September 24th, 2010
3:31 am

I heard they were going to USC to play for Kiffin.

Sloan

September 24th, 2010
6:02 am

Who cares? They’re 9th graders.

Drudge Report

September 24th, 2010
8:51 am

They will be playing for Richt at say” North Carolina” in 2014.

Texas Pete

September 24th, 2010
9:08 am

Unfortunately, the College Football world does revolve around Tuscaloosa. I don’t like it anymore than you but Bama rules. The only reason they aren’t overhyped by the media is because they are not named OSU or USC.

*Tipping my hat (or hands if I’m Mike Tyson) to Bama*

joe

September 24th, 2010
9:09 am

With James being an all SEC player in the 80’s at UT and Eric being an all American last year at UT, bank on the twins continuing the Berry tradition in Knoxville. Done and done.

ERich44

September 24th, 2010
9:38 am

Besides the excellent talent that the Berry boys have what is more important is how well grounded they are. The parents of these kids have done a outstanding job raising these 3 boys. Many continue blessings to the family. Now if Creekside only had better coaching.

UGA '82

September 24th, 2010
9:58 am

All VOL….don’t even bother.

Pope UGA XXIII

September 24th, 2010
10:30 am

Me bee-leaves we should be worrying more about a winning record
in 2010 than where two 9th graders will end up 4 years from now.

Nole

September 24th, 2010
11:10 am

@Westlakebaby….you have bad info…..they definitely do live right here in Creekside district.

EagleNationRising

September 24th, 2010
12:16 pm

@ Westlakebaby: You are giving fans in the Eagle Nation some ideas. These guys look like two guys who would be happy to be Northside Eagles! Speaking seriously, I believe their stories are great. Eric Berry is one of the finest players to come out of this state this past decade (even though he went to Tennessee). It is hard to not follow your Dad’s footsteps playing in a HUGE stadium like Neyland. I am a die-hard Dawg. However, that place is loud…real loud. Best wishes to the Berry boys!

Mustafa Barrack Muhammed Omar

September 24th, 2010
12:50 pm

BOYEEEZ – Richt won’t be in Athens when these twins are ready to go off to college – what he says is irrelevent. Thats one bad coached team in Athens and they have not done anything since 2005.

Big Pumpkin

September 24th, 2010
12:53 pm

I’ll be coaching the Vols again when those boys are old enough!

Blue

September 24th, 2010
1:26 pm

atlvol55

September 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm
Evan and Elliott….no better place than “Rocky Top” for college football. Dooley should have things pretty well on track by then…come on home.

Go Vols

Yeah, as evidenced by the recent successes both on and off the field. Yep…no better place. Dolt.

UK THOROUGHBRED

September 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

I remember the first time I saw Eric Berry play. It was his sophmore year against Sandy Creek. This was back when both schools were in the same region. Both were undefeated top ten in state and playing for the region title and a number 1 seed in the playoffs. Sandy Creek won of course because we run the Southside but Berry was awsome. I remember calling my friends and telling them about him he was that good. I got to make out to some Crack-side games and check them out.

Dawg gone

September 24th, 2010
3:21 pm

One problem..Richt maybe gone when they finish HS. But Best of Luck anyway.

Lil' G.W. Bush, Jr.

September 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

Hey guys, They’re 9th graders. Who cares.

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Hit A Single

September 24th, 2010
6:01 pm

I wonder if Clinch Co. gets up 49 to 0 tonight will they fake a field goal and throw a TD pass like last week. What a classless act! Coach your day will come!

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Hit A Single

September 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

This article is just another reason why college athletics has become a monster. Way too early to start covering kids. I don’t care how good they are or who they are kin too. We wonder why kids think they are owed everything. Let the kids play the game and good things will happen to them if they are good kids and I am sure these kids are.

HardTruth Soldier

September 24th, 2010
7:59 pm

Hit a Single, Man thank you for bringing some perspective to this joke of an article. I mean with the arrest of another Pitt Player,The resurgence of Michael Vick( Arthur Blank is cringing with the rest of the ATL) the losses mounting on the states most storied program, and the beauty of the way the Falcons played last week is this the best this staff can do. If this is what they teach in jounalism school then this paper is in trouble.

Chain K

September 24th, 2010
8:53 pm

Yep. All Vol. Word already sent to new coaches in Knoxville.

SmyrnaMan

September 24th, 2010
9:13 pm

Tennessee Football is a family oriented organization, and I hope that the Berry boys would want to join us.

Ms.KP

September 24th, 2010
10:12 pm

Westlake there is a train coming right about now.. JUMP

CDAWG

September 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

Wait until these colleges catch on to Antonio Manson currently 14 and playing for Columbia Middle School. If this kid stays healthy and maintains his grades he WILL be playing for a Div I school. This kid is the total package in football and he can FLY!!!!

El Guapper

September 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

They sure would look good in Red & Black. We would love to see you two become members of the bulldog nation. Go Seminoles, Go Chiefs, & Go DAWGS!!!

ChuyDawg

September 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

Too much pressure being put on these 14 year old twins. They will always be compared to the kind of ball player their brother was.

I will say this, if these boys are anything like Eric, I would love to see them end up in Athens. Eric is an unbelievable talent and was a real good guy outside the football field. I know Vol fans really like him for the kind of person he was. I still remember what he did to Deion Sanders, f’ng awesome.

GO DAWGS!!!!

Cardinal Sin

September 25th, 2010
11:09 pm

Come on 14 yr old. Is he getting it done in the classroom?

Let’s talk about juniors and seniors here that can qualify acdemically.

Enough Said!

Hit A Single

September 26th, 2010
5:46 pm

What a stupid article!

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