NFL safety Eric Berry was a star player for Tennessee, but it doesn't appear as if he's trying to sway his brothers, 4-star cornerback Evan Berry and 3-star safety Elliott Berry, in the Volunteers' direction.
That's not to say that Berry's affiliation with Tennessee won't give Butch Jones and his staff an "in" with the Berry twins, because it certainly should. The elder Berry doesn't appear to be pushing the matter, though. Instead, he's just giving well-rounded advice, according to a report from Michael Carvell of ajc.com, who gives credit to D. Orlando Ledbetter:
“If they ask me questions, I help them, but we do so much outside football as far as just talking about life period,” Eric told the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter. “They come to me for a lot of other things other than just football. When they do bring it up, I just tell them how it is. I don’t shoot them nothing. I give them the whole 100 percent, and I think that’s what they respect about the whole situation.
“I tell, when they ask me about my experience, I tell them about my experience because that’s all I can speak on. But as far as where they are going and where they want to go, that’s up to them. I can tell them what I’ve been through.”
Carvell does say that most expect the twins to follow in their older brother's footsteps, granted Tennessee has the availability to bring in both players. Tennessee is the top team on Evan's 247Sports interest list, and all 10 experts in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predict the Volunteers.
“The biggest thing that I like about that is they haven’t even reached their full potential,” Eric said. “They are still learning the game. I think the point when they are going to become real, real great is in college when they really get a coach and really get a defined position to focus working on their craft and stuff like that. They are pretty much just all over the place right now."
Evan, in particular, seems to have star potential like his older brother. He's 5'11", 195 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.56 seconds, according to 247Sports.
Will the Berry twins commit to Tennessee?
Most seem to think yes, and it's hard to argue against them. Under Jones, the Volunteers are red hot on the recruiting trail, and while the NFL star isn't pushing his brothers, that connection is definitely valuable for Tennessee. It's not always a guarantee that twins will follow each other—just ask 2013 Clemson signee MacKensie Alexander and Auburn signee Mackenro Alexander, but it's hard to deny the affiliation Tennessee has with the Berry family.
This is the world of college football recruiting, so anything can happen. But for now, it's safe to say that Tennessee has the edge for Evan. If he does commit to the Volunteers, don't be surprised if Elliott comes along as well.