Berry's brother has long way to go; father says reporter ran with story on soon-to-be 8th grader

James Berry got more than a few phone calls on Monday evening when his son's name went scrolling across the screen on ESPN.

It wasn't University of Tennessee All-American safety Eric Berry, but rather his 13-year-old brother, Evan, who became national news on Monday after Rivals.com reported he had committed to play football for the Vols.

Needless to say, James Berry, a former UT player, was a little surprised.

"I was taken aback," James Berry said Tuesday afternoon. "People were calling me asking me, 'What's this I hear about your son committing to Tennessee? It's on ESPN.' "

It wasn't planned that way. In fact, it wasn't planned at all, James Berry said.

Evan, who also has a twin brother, Elliott, spoke to a reporter at a recent track meet, James Berry said, and the topic turned to Tennessee.

"They found out he was Eric's brother," James Berry said. "They were asking them about Tennessee. The conversation turned to Evan, and he said he wanted to go to Tennessee."

According to his father, Evan answered a follow-up question by saying he was committed to Tennessee.

Evan and Elliott Berry have been frequent visitors to UT practices when in town to visit their older brother, although NCAA rules prohibit a school from offering a scholarship until a prospect is registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

That's still a long ways away. Both Evan and Elliott will start eighth grade in the fall, James Berry said, not ninth grade, as had been reported by Rivals.com.

Monday's attention might have been premature, but Evan and Elliott are already turning heads on the track.

Evan recently ran the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds, while Elliott took first place in the 200 at last year's AAU Junior Olympics in the sub-youth category. Both also play football.

"I'm excited about it and I'm proud of them because they're hard workers to excel in something they love," James Berry said. "The things that they're doing now, there's no doubt in my mind that more than likely they'll be able to attend a Division I school."

For Evan, the choice is Tennessee. But James Berry says it's up to each of his sons to make the decision.

"Wherever my kids end up at, that will be their decision," he said. "I would never pressure them into making that decision."

And as for Evan's more famous older brother, James Berry said he'd hadn't talked to Eric since Monday's news. But he's pretty sure the UT safety got a good laugh out of it.

"I'm pretty sure he heard about it," James Berry said. "He's probably rolling around with a big grin on his face."

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BasketVols writes:

Eric Berry = Heisman...

ZacharyUTK writes:

THIRD!!!

CT_VOL writes:

Aren't there child protection laws against this sort of thing? Holy exploitation batman!

Frank

TXTN writes:

I kinda like that every single thing anybody says or does about Tennessee football is now headline news on ESPN. Tennessee is the hottest topic in NCAA football right now, and I don't think Kiffin would have it any other way. I'm sure he's loving the free publicity in the heart of recruiting season.

clayrichards0307 writes:

Secondary Violation?

ctownvol writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Clearly the questions are.... Why do you care and why are you here?

ctownvol writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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This doesn't say anything bad about UT. An upcoming 8th grader, whose older brother is an All-American, had a microphone put in his face and asked about his favorite college. The fact that it is the end of June makes it somewhat of a story. Nothing else much is going on in the world of college football. Nobody from UT went and offered the kid a scholarship. A middle school kid said he loves UT and wants to go there. It just so happens he is Eric Berry's brother. If you asked me in the 8th grade where I wanted to play football I would've said UT as well. I fail to see the big deal here.

Txvol57 writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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How do you figure?..He wasn't offered...Evan just said to a reporter that he was committed to UT. How does this look bad on UT?

kabzs writes:

in response to ctownvol:

This doesn't say anything bad about UT. An upcoming 8th grader, whose older brother is an All-American, had a microphone put in his face and asked about his favorite college. The fact that it is the end of June makes it somewhat of a story. Nothing else much is going on in the world of college football. Nobody from UT went and offered the kid a scholarship. A middle school kid said he loves UT and wants to go there. It just so happens he is Eric Berry's brother. If you asked me in the 8th grade where I wanted to play football I would've said UT as well. I fail to see the big deal here.

The real story is that Chris Low from ESPN wants to take the Rivals story, chew it like cud, and spit it out as an attack job on Tennessee.

ctownvol writes:

in response to DCFloridaGator:

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12 posts in 6 hours on another teams site that you feel is beneath your team. That is the joke Nancy.

kiffownsfla writes:

It was on ESPN? LMAO I missed lol. GO VOLS!

DisorientedVol writes:

Is this time of year so stagnant that this is headline news. This is actually on yahoo sports as well. Pathetic, but Kiffin remains in the news. Go Vols.

iowavol writes:

in response to RollTideRoll987:

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What? You guys know anything about the English language or sentence structure down there?

belayvol writes:

in response to ctownvol:

12 posts in 6 hours on another teams site that you feel is beneath your team. That is the joke Nancy.

And.....he get's paid to do it. And he could have had such a meaningful career.

belayvol writes:

in response to RollTideRoll987:

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You feeling OK RTR? I noticed you have been very agreeable today. Did that laxative finally kick in?

ctownvol writes:

in response to belayvol:

And.....he get's paid to do it. And he could have had such a meaningful career.

And that is just one of his many screen names.

belayvol writes:

in response to ctownvol:

And that is just one of his many screen names.

I think he would give Freud a run for his money

ctownvol writes:

Elton John too. And I'm not saying he can sing....

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to ctownvol:

12 posts in 6 hours on another teams site that you feel is beneath your team. That is the joke Nancy.

well put ctown and don't fluster him or he'll threaten to throw a battery at you.

ctownvol writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

well put ctown and don't fluster him or he'll threaten to throw a battery at you.

This guy's wrist is way too limp to throw anything.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

much ado about nuttin'. just goofy to think anyone thought this was a real story and that CLK was again at fault.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to ctownvol:

This guy's wrist is way too limp to throw anything.

his character's limp too.

anyway, james needs to stop apologizing for raising his kids right.

ctownvol writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

his character's limp too.

anyway, james needs to stop apologizing for raising his kids right.

That's what I don't get. His father played at UT. His older brother, who he probably looks up to in every way, is an All-American at UT. Is it really that much of a shocker that the kid wants to follow in their footsteps? No matter how far down the road. It's not like anyone representing UT offered him or even was present when he made the statement. Give me a break.

ctownvol writes:

in response to DestinVol:

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I just don't understand it. I fail to see the story here.

BibleHillVol writes:

in response to RollTideRoll987:

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If I were you I would worry about my probation at ABIWANTMAMA.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Haven't you noticed a lot of press LK has gotten has not put the Vol nation in a good light. May be part of the problem in signing a QB. Winning will solve the negative press. Go Vols

belayvol writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Haven't you noticed a lot of press LK has gotten has not put the Vol nation in a good light. May be part of the problem in signing a QB. Winning will solve the negative press. Go Vols

I have noticed that when you post, the increase in the use of Zoloft and other anti-depressants increase greatly.

belayvol writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Same as you do Dave. That VN daily beating ever get old?

panties4tebow writes:

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ctownvol writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Why are you here so much? Grow up kid.

panties4tebow writes:

UTWINSALOT with KIFFIN & COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

panties4tebow writes:

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highVOLtage writes:

Like everything else relating to Kiffin, a (non)story blown completely out of proportion by the media and opponents.

panties4tebow writes:

in response to DestinVol:

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Go cuddle up with your wussy trolls!!!!!!!!!

kiffownsfla writes:

Huge write up on this at SI. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED LOL MORE VOL ADVERTISING LMAO GREAT TO BE A TN VOL! GO VOLS!

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to highVOLtage:

Like everything else relating to Kiffin, a (non)story blown completely out of proportion by the media and opponents.

Dont read it then whiner! must be something si and espn published it EINSTIEN!

kiffownsfla writes:

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Yea and clk 2pages worth the scuds are think tonight arent they h3ll by kickoff wont be able to post here these sob's are scared to death tuck tail and run biotches! theyd rather be beat with barbed wire than play ovr vols lol.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to belayvol:

And.....he get's paid to do it. And he could have had such a meaningful career.

how it going belay? looks like you and ctown are keeping it real tonite.Good job.

FearTheKiffin writes:

Now it's starting to make sense. I wondered why Coach O was at my 10 year olds Pee Wee signups.

lt4vols writes:

Oh great, Now the Gators will have 5 years to tell us they didn't want the Berry brothers anyway..........

belayvol writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

how it going belay? looks like you and ctown are keeping it real tonite.Good job.

Going great CV. Gotta keep those writers....i mean lopers in reality check. Wouldn't want them to win a Pullitzer Prize. Spelling intentional. Keep cool down there in C. Town.

belayvol writes:

From the Urban Dictionary Of Useful Facts.
Gators: Odd shaped sections of used rubber found along all major interstates and highways. Deposited by 18 wheelers whose drivers are too cheap to buy new tires and resort to low cost retreads. While not particularly dangerous, gators do pose a risk to unsuspecting motorist's by laying in ambush on dark roads waiting to grab onto the underside of your automobile. This can lead to expensive repairs of your tail pipe as this seems to be the favored target. The only known use for a gator is to be recycled into a doormat.
TM/2009 belayvol

VOLKING writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Yawn. Thanks for your input. You may go now... forever.

oldorange writes:

I put the onus for this onto the sports reporter who "broke" the non-story. A seventh grader tells someone he's going to a certain college and its published???? WHo is the adult here?

Hounddog writes:

in response to DCFloridaGator:

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Let's play foot ball. Hounddog

Hounddog writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Let's play football. Hounddog

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to ctownvol:

This doesn't say anything bad about UT. An upcoming 8th grader, whose older brother is an All-American, had a microphone put in his face and asked about his favorite college. The fact that it is the end of June makes it somewhat of a story. Nothing else much is going on in the world of college football. Nobody from UT went and offered the kid a scholarship. A middle school kid said he loves UT and wants to go there. It just so happens he is Eric Berry's brother. If you asked me in the 8th grade where I wanted to play football I would've said UT as well. I fail to see the big deal here.

Well said.

GreenDevilVol writes:

"Or that they didn't need them."

Thats right they didnt need them to thrash whomever your q.b. will be in 2014 !! Better give ole CRYER-LIAR-MEYER a call in South Bend he could give you BOYS a shoulder to cry on, or kiss you all nighty-night !!

GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Its the only one worth going to..get it !!

ctownvol writes:

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You're here? Even sadder.

Is this personality #3? Or is this one #4?

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