February 3, 2014

Evan, Elliott Berry talk 'family' vibe on Rocky Top

Vol legacy commitments Evan and Elliott Berry have been to Rocky Top more times than they can count, but this past weekend was different. As official visitors, the Berry twins enjoyed the weekend in Knoxville.

"I had a lot more fun than normal because I was able to hang out with current players," Elliott Berry said. "It's also good when you don't have to pay for anything. I don't like too much fan fair so I like to just hang out with good dudes, and I got so many good vibes."

And those good vibes came from other newcomers to the Tennessee program.

"It's good to get a feel for them as a person," Elliott Berry said. "Sometimes you just click right away and I felt that way with Marquez (North) and Josh Malone. I met a lot of the early enrollees way back when. I've known Cam Sutton for a while now and we have always been cool."

Evan echoed the sentiments of his brother and said it felt like they had known their future teammates for a long time.

"I talked to a couple of freshmen and they were telling us how everyone is treated like family," Evan Berry said. "That stood out to me. It was good to hang out with Cam Sutton and Justin Coleman again. It was good to bond with those guys."

Not only did they spend time with players, but they also connected with coaches.

"I really like coach (Willie) Martinez," Evan Berry said. "He keeps it real. He lets me know how it's going to be in the practice and in the games. He just expects a lot from his players and he is going to coach us hard. I feel like he is looking out for me."

So what positions will Evan and Elliott play? It appears that Elliott will head to defense and Evan has more options ahead.

"They really want me to play the nickel spot," Elliott Berry said. "Coach Thig (Tommy Thigpen) and Martinez told me they think I can come in and contribute because of my football knowledge. I talked to (defensive coordinator John) Jancek and I feel like I'm really comfortable because my high school ran the same exact defense as Tennessee does."

Evan likes the versatility, but hopes to get the ball in his hands.

"They have talked to me about both offense and defense," Evan Berry said. "I don't mind which side I play, but if I could pick I'd choose offense. I just want to play whatever will help the team and get me to the field."

Rivals.com ranks Elliott as a 3-star athlete and Evan as a 4-star defensive back in the 2014 class.

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