The twin brothers of University of Tennessee football legend Eric Berry are members of one of the nation’s fastest 400-meter relay teams.
Creekside High School’s Evan and Elliott Berry are two of the state’s top football prospects for 2014, holding early scholarship offers from Alabama, UGA, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn, among others.
The Berry twins are also part of the Creekside relay team which won the Fulton County Championships with an eye-popping time of 40.96 seconds last week. The team’s other members are Auburn football signee Josh Holsey and Sidney Buchanan.
“Oh man, it’s crazy,” said Creekside’s Johnny White, who is the school’s football and track coach. “I’ve been doing this here for 9 years, and I plan on doing it for another 10 or 15. I don’t think we’ll ever have this kind of combined speed together on the track again.”
Elliott was so excited about the time that he joked that he nearly got the team disqualified after hearing about it.
“I was filling up a cup of water, and they were calling out the times on the intercom,” Elliott recalled with a laugh. “As soon as I heard 40.96, I started jumping up and down and I knocked the water cooler over … naw, they didn’t disqualify me but they made me go fill up the cooler again.”
After the twins finish track in early May, they will be bombarded with attention from college football scouts during spring practice. White is expecting a ton of new offers.
Everybody in recruiting circles thinks the twins are a “lock” for Tennessee because their brother and father starred for the Volunteers; the twins say it’s not true.
“Yeah, I don’t like it when people assume we’re going to Tennessee,” Evan said. “I mean, every school deserves a fair chance, you know?”
It’s safe to assume the twins will attend the same college as a “package deal” because they’ve already said that. Which college will that be?
“I don’t know,” White said. “What I do know, because of their brother and because of their dad, people think that it’s strictly Tennessee … but I can tell you straight up that it’s going to be open.”
The twins are about the same size: 6-foot and 195 pounds. Elliott projects to play linebacker or safety in college, while Evan is now favoring cornerback over quarterback. “I don’t have quarterback height,” Evan said. “Many college QBs average 6-4 and I’m just now getting to 6 feet.”
The twins are both bigger, and perhaps just as fast, as their famous older brother was as a sophomore – Eric was around 5-11 and 175 pounds. “What’s scary is that both Evan and Elliott are heavy right now; they’re 20 pounds heavier than Eric … light years bigger at the same age,” White said. “It’s really scary how good they are. I just expect good things out of them during their junior year and, of course, senior year.”
Evan and Elliott say they don’t have a leader, but both mentioned that they like Auburn. Their football and track teammate, Josh Holsey, signed with Auburn last February and the twins are longtime friends with the son of Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor, w ho recruited Eric Berry for Tennessee. The twins said their brother and father aren’t pushing any schools on them.
“My dad is a Tennessee fan and loves Tennessee,” Evan said. “But he always says that it’s our decision to pick a college. It’s the same thing with [Eric]. He tells us to make the right choice, that it’s going to be our decision and not to rush it.”
RELATED: Creekside has a couple of rising seniors that are attracting attention from colleges. WR Chris Sanders-McCollum (6-5, 195) has early offers from Tulane, UAB, and Western Michigan. “I feel he needs a great spring and a lot of offers will roll in,” White said. “Great hands, good speed and a real tough kid.” DE Cliff Moulton (6-5, 225) is getting a lot of looks and ran a 4.7 at a recent MVP Camp. “He has a great frame, can easily be up to 275 pounds at the next level,” White said. “He has very good speed for his size.”
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