Lane Kiffin passes on a fifth-grader and locks down the 13 year-old

Posted by Andy Durham on June 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm under Amateur, College, High School | 3 Comments to Read

The Vols got their man, ‘er boy and here’s the story from yahoo sports and you can follow the entire details when you Click Here.

Here’s the way it the Tennessee Volunteers and Coach Lane Kiffin see it taking shape:

The player is Evan Berry of Fairburn, Ga. Berry is the younger brother of Tennessee super safety Eric Berry.

Evan Berry has decided to follow in the footsteps of his brother and father after accepting a verbal scholarship offer to play for the Volunteers and coach Lane Kiffin.

“Yes, I committed to Tennessee,” Evan said. “It’s the only college I know right now and it seems the best for me. My dad went there and my brother is there now. I know I can do the same things there. I have a real friendly relationship with the coaches there. I know I don’t know them too well, but I know I will have plenty of time to get to know them.”

Berry, only 13 years old, will be a ninth grader this fall at Creekside – the same high school Eric attended. He has played his recreational ball for the Fairburn Flames. He was a star quarterback, running back and free safety. He was coached by his father, James Berry.


  • Don said,

    So what was Kiffin to do? The kids dad and mother both attended the University of Tennessee, his brother is an All-American there now and is only entering his junior year, and the kid loves Tennessee. I guess Kiffin should have told him no? This kid will be a star and everyone in the country will be trying to lock him up just as they did with Chris Leak. The same goes for his twin brother. But I’ll tell Kiffin he should have told Evan Berry no.

  • Andy said,

    You hit it it Don. Sounds very similar to the CJ/Chris Leak deal at Wake Forest when Jim Caldwell went out and got Chris to commit when he was in the 8th down in Charlotte.

    CJ left Wake for Tennessee and Chris wound up at Florida and was last seen in the CFL.

    Heavy similarities.

  • Big C said,

    UT should sign the kid up now. They need a quarterback ASAP.