Wonder twins! Brothers of NFL star showcase speed

Wonder Twins: Elliott Berry (left) and Evan Berry claim they are not a "lock" to sign with Tennessee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Wonder Twins: Elliott Berry (left) and Evan Berry claim they are not a "lock" to sign with Tennessee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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.”

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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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61 comments Add your comment

Crimson Crush

April 6th, 2012
4:39 am

If both brothers have similar skillsets package deals aren’t a problem . Time will tell …

Douglas

April 6th, 2012
5:26 am

Give me a break…they are going to UT — why waste time recruiting them.

tenn.DAWG

April 6th, 2012
6:08 am

The only reason they may not go to utk is the fact that the carousel in Knoxville will probably continue if Dooley doesn’t have a good season.Even then,he can’t keep assistant coaches.

Bama guy

April 6th, 2012
6:28 am

Just remember that Petrino is only the second biggest liar in the SEC. “I’m staying in Miami” is still the biggest.

FL Jacket

April 6th, 2012
7:16 am

Bama guy…

Which Petrino lie are you referring to?

“Mr. Blank…tell ‘em you got a coach”

or

“I was by myself on that motorcycle”

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A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
7:44 am

It will be The VOLS or the SEC CHAMPS the Year they have to SIGN their LOIs.

Beast from the East

April 6th, 2012
7:56 am

Very athletic and talented family. They’ll find success wherever they decide to attend college.

FAN

April 6th, 2012
8:03 am

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
8:04 am

I live in Palmetto and these kids are fun to watch.

WnE

April 6th, 2012
8:21 am

re:
“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.”
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Interesting quote from one of the Twins, even as a HS Soph. this young man understands that it is better to find a position that you “have a future” at, rather than giving in to hubris & ego and choosing a school that will “let me play QB” or any other position just because that’s what you want at that time.

I think about that quote from a HS Soph. when I read about all the QBs at a certain local Trilple-OPtion school where all the QB-recruits say, “I chose this school because they were the only school that gave me the chance to play QB in a BCS conference even though I have a mediocre throwing arm & I am a runt”.

Obviously Eric Berry is giving his younger brothers good guidance & advice.

Very smart young men!

Good luck in your academic & athletic futures!

WnE

April 6th, 2012
8:21 am

re:
“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.”
__________________

Interesting quote from one of the Twins, even as a HS Soph. this young man understands that it is better to find a position that you “have a future” at, rather than giving in to hubris & ego and choosing a school that will “let me play QB” or any other position just because that’s what you want at that time.

I think about that quote from a HS Soph. when I read about all the QBs at a certain local Trilple-OPtion school where all the QB-recruits say, “I chose this school because they were the only school that gave me the chance to play QB in a BCS conference even though I have a mediocre throwing arm & I am a runt”.

Obviously Eric Berry is giving his younger brothers good guidance & advice.

Very smart young men!

Good luck in your academic & athletic futures!

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2012
8:33 am

For the head “PIG” Booby Puktrino:

1.) Never stick you pen in the company’s ink.

“Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.” ;)

HighTech

April 6th, 2012
8:46 am

I think about that quote from a HS Soph. when I read about all the QBs at a certain local Trilple-OPtion school where all the QB-recruits say, “I chose this school because they were the only school that gave me the chance to play QB in a BCS conference even though I have a mediocre throwing arm & I am a runt”.
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They ALL say that, don’t they?

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 6th, 2012
8:53 am

It all depends on who the head coach at Tick Hound “U” will be two years from now and it probably won’t be Du’Rick Doody. Saban is probably figuring right now how to do a little roster management to make room for them. I’m sure UGA will give them a strong effort and P.J. will probably be gone at Tech by then.

bucket

April 6th, 2012
8:54 am

Where are all the people wondering why 2014 recruits already have offers? Whether we like it or not (and I don’t) if you are not in on a kid by the time they are a sophomore then your chances of securing their services is greatly diminished. The Berry twins appear to have the size, speed, and pedigree to make some SEC coach smile really big when they announce their college choice.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 6th, 2012
8:54 am

You folks will be surprised at the team UT has this year. Dooley has to continue to rid the program of the trash and he should be near the end of the cleaning.

Tri Cities High School Bulldogs

April 6th, 2012
9:00 am

These are two great kids with great parents so i know that they will make the best decision possible so good luck guys!!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 6th, 2012
9:26 am

These guys aren’t Eric Berry. They don’t even know what position they will be playing. They aren’t big enough for LB or QB on the college level. They should both try DB unless they can catch the ball. Duh’Rivck Doody is probably going to last one or two more years at best so Tick Hound “U” will have aq new had coach about thee time thy are seniors. Saban is doing roster management now to make room for them.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
9:33 am

Wienie…..STFU or have the BALLS to come in public and make your statements at the Tailgate. You are a pus Mo Ron that cries like a lil girl but has no solution. Tell us HOW you would sales pitch kids to get them to TECH. Crying will not change it.

Tdawg

April 6th, 2012
9:34 am

Wet Willie, so coach D is getting rid of the trash you say. What’s the update on the king of trash Duh Jerk Rogers?

Spanky

April 6th, 2012
9:44 am

Basically what they are saying, is that they are going to Tennessee, but are willing to let other coaches wine and dine them…

Facts

April 6th, 2012
9:46 am

The biggest liar in the league is the coach who claims ” we do not have a drug or discipline’ but is going on in year after year with multiple arrest or suspensions for drugs

BamaGuy

April 6th, 2012
9:49 am

Coach Trick is going to hold a prayer vigil to get God to convince these boys to come to Georgia…he just needs you fans to send in 19.99 for some special anointment oil that he will sprinkle on the twins heads when they visit which is certain to work…also, as a free gift Richt will send you a picture of himself as he rides a cloud into the Heavens to speak face to face with the big guy himself….I will leave the mailing address off as some of you would actually mail it in….

Jacket Man

April 6th, 2012
9:53 am

WnE, I don’t think I’ve ever seen another person on a blog that likes to see himself in print more than you that’s a bigger blowhard. You’re NOT a GA Tech fan and you aren’t fooling anyone. It’s high time to change your shtick; it’s not getting you anywhere.

BamaGuy

April 6th, 2012
9:55 am

Bama guy
April 6th, 2012
6:28 am

Just remember that Petrino is only the second biggest liar in the SEC. “I’m staying in Miami” is still the biggest

Nice…stealing my name is the biggest form of flattery. You really need to get over Saban coming to Alabama because it is only making you bitter as we win all these championships. You need to be saying that Richt is the greatest illusionist ever as he has somehow hoodwinked the fans and the administration into another contract. I will have what you guys are smoking… Never mind, we know what you guys are smoking.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
9:58 am

WnE’s wife making dinner………http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3390287289627&set=p.3390287289627&type=1&theater

AnnapolisDawg

April 6th, 2012
9:58 am

@ BamaGuy: Maybe CMR will save a little of that oil for you, it sure sounds like you could use a little. CMR wears his religion on his sleeve and doesn’t use it for advantage purposes; the man is real and a true reason why parents would like their kids to play for him.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
9:58 am

Bama Fan#2

April 6th, 2012
10:03 am

Wonder if Brother Bill Clinton has gave Petrino any advice!!
I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!! Petrino did have better taste in the
women he was having fun with than Brother Bill. RTR

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
10:06 am

Bama Fan#2 you must be the Brite Bama Fan. I guess you are an Honor grad too. LMAO

cloudodust

April 6th, 2012
10:10 am

I wonder how enamoured the twins were with Kiffin? The brothers will more than likely stay within driving distance to home, and I do believe Tennessee is on their short list but I have to think they will attend a university that best suits their future. That could be Tennessee, but I don’t think their Dad would be thrilled if they went to Alabama. Archie sent his boys to where David Cutcliffe hung his hat for a reason. Will these two follow a similar path or follow family tradition?

WnE

April 6th, 2012
10:17 am

re:
Sir WnE…..Please Sir be quiet or have the ?? to come in public and make your statements at the Tailgate. You are a pus Mo Ron that cries like a lil girl but has no solution. Tell us HOW you would sales pitch kids to get them to TECH. Crying will not change it.

________________

If Art Briles can Recruit RG-III to come to Houston and then follow him to Baylor, then CPJ should be able to find better passing QBs at GT that can also run.

But guys like RG-III want to play in the NFL and when you run a gimmick Offense designed for lower-level CFB you won’t get too many RG-IIIs that will throw away their NFL dreams to play for CPJ.

If Mizzou & Coach Pinkel can find a James Franklin at 6-2 and 225lbs to play QB and Baylor can find RG-III at about the same size, both out of Texas and both 4* Recruits, then CPJ should be able to find QBs that can pass at the BCS level.

The “sales pitch” to get better QBs to come to GT is to get a real QB coach and not a guy the splits time with coaching the B-Backs.

The “sales pitch” to get better QBs to come to GT is to get rid of CPJ & his “13 passes per game gimmick offense”.

If Mike Bobo can get Matt Stafford a consensus Top-3 QB coming out of HS to trust him with his career development and convince him to come to UGA over schools like Texas & USCw, then GT should be able to find a HC that can Recruit QBs at a decent level.

The next UT coach will be .............

April 6th, 2012
10:19 am

Dooley will be gone if this season turns ugly for UT. It is what it is.

UT’s next ball coach will be Kirby Smart and he is a big time recruiter. Question is however, can Kirby then transfer that skill to UT where winning has not happened for a long while? One thing to recruit for Sabin, another to be THE coach and build a program.

Time will tell.

BamaGuy

April 6th, 2012
10:25 am

AnnapolisDawg
April 6th, 2012
9:58 am

@ BamaGuy: Maybe CMR will save a little of that oil for you, it sure sounds like you could use a little. CMR wears his religion on his sleeve and doesn’t use it for advantage purposes; the man is real and a true reason why parents would like their kids to play for him.

Now now. Don’t judge or you will be judged. Dont kid yourself, Richt uses his religion to further his program just like Saban uses his championships to further his.

HighTech

April 6th, 2012
10:33 am

From Vad Lee:

“@WrecksNEffect yo I don’t know you and I would really like if you stop tweeting me! Thank you and God bless!”

few minutes later:

“Although I do encourage you to watch GT football this year and years to come!”

Wow, very classy of that young man to handle the situation like that.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 6th, 2012
10:37 am

Richt is a used car salesman at best.

Old Billy Boy Clinton has a great taste in women for sure. He does like the fat women and ugly fat women as well. Can you imagine coming home from a long day at work to Hillary! If someone told her to haul azz it would two truckloads to get it done! Obama has the same problem it appears. I assume he wears a horsecollar just to keep from falling in then again he might be able to talk himself out.

UT will be a surprise team this year. Sal will have them playing good defense. DaRick is on a very very shortleash. One more even small stumble and he’s out.

WnE

April 6th, 2012
10:42 am

Is that the best you got High Tech?

18-month old tweets?

I haven’t deleted anything from my twitter account, so obviously i don’t give crap what you think, I haven’t stopped posting my opinions, yet you putzes keep re-hashing dated crap that means nothing and has no impact on what I write.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
10:44 am

WnE…You still have not accepted the invite to the TAILGATE.. WHY?…You give BS responses. Come TALK with people that give money and can TRY to make changes. Your opinion will be heard. you claim to be a 90 IE grad so come voice your views to TECH FANS.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
10:46 am

you putzes keep re-hashing dated crap that means nothing and has no impact on what I write.

You POST the SAME THING everyday 50 times a day. Be it 18 months ago or next week. You say the same crap and offer NO solutions. WHY not HELP FIX the Problem as you see it of STFU.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 6th, 2012
10:47 am

HighTech

April 6th, 2012
10:49 am

WnE

April 6th, 2012
10:42 am
Is that the best you got High Tech?
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Just pointing out that in addition to GT QB’s saying the get to play QB in BCS conference they also get to say please stop harassing me on Twitter to you.

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
10:50 am

@BamaGuy… you are just too funny. On good friday you get on the the ajc and rip a man on his religion. Don’t you think that you could refrain from these kind of comments for just this weekend. Jesus died for all of us and your sins will be forgiven, but please just this weekend let’s not rip on faith and religion. It is easter.

Paddy

April 6th, 2012
11:50 am

Bama Guy…….you don’t have all the spots on your dice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stank Wren

April 6th, 2012
12:01 pm

Bama Guy – Another classless, toothless Tide fan

The Bear

April 6th, 2012
1:16 pm

Anybody that gets on here and rips someone else for their religion is very uneducated and shallow. Best thing to do is ignore folks like that and press on. The majority of the AJC internet gang (They know who they are) would never say 99 % of this crap to someone’s face anyway. Why religion is even brought up on a sports blog is beyond me.

RTR how about following that!

Hey Hey Hey We're the Monkees

April 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

Any news about the new WR commit today?

Big Crimson 75

April 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

In a perfect world, Bobby Petrino would be crippled the rest of His God-Forsaken Life!!

Big Crimson 75

April 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

The harsh Academics @ Bama could keep US from the Berry’s.
Their grades are a possible concern according to multiple sources.
That being said — my $$ is on Aubie landing the Dynamic Duo!!
More recruits lost to the tough academic standards @ Bama!
Damnit Man.

Lakedawg

April 6th, 2012
3:16 pm

Amen—-Bear