Evan and Elliott Berry wanted to declare their college decision on their birthday. It's their birthday, and the brothers decided to follow their father James and brother Eric in becoming Tennessee Volunteers. While the brothers are legitimate prospects in their own right, this commitment means a lot because of what Eric meant to the program during his three years here from 2007 to 2009. It also completes the set of legacies in the 2014 recruiting class, with the Berry brothers joining Todd Kelly Jr., Vic Wharton III, Dillon Bates, and Neiko Creamer as Tennessee commits. So these pledges mean a lot to Tennessee.
But they mean a lot on the field too. Elliott Berry is a consensus three-star prospect who checks in at 5'11" and 200 pounds and plays running back and defensive end in high school. Obviously, he won't play DE in college at 200 pounds, but Berry projects as an outside linebacker or a hybrid linebacker/safety. He probably won't contribute as a true freshman, but after what the Vols have had in the back seven the last few years, any help there is a very good thing.
Evan Berry is rated a three-star by 247 and four-star by their composite rankings. A bit faster than his twin brother, clocking in at 4.56 in the 40 last spring, he projects as a corner--again, a position of great need in Knoxville. Evan has been an option quarterback in high school, and his quickness and agility make him a potential multi-year starter in the SEC.
The commitments of the Berry brothers give the Vols 29 commitments in total, including 11 at linebacker or defensive back (seven four-stars and four three-stars, not including recruits listed as athletes who could play on the defensive side). The class remains #2 in the conference and the country. Before attrition, the Vols have just one remaining spot in the 2014 class, but Tennessee is still pursuing players at receivers, running back, and defensive tackle.
Evan, Elliott, I'd say welcome to the family, but y'all are already part of it.