Lane Kiffin at It Again, This Time By Signing a 13 Year Old: Ed's Take

Ed MedinaCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin at the  NFL  - 2007 Annual Meetings - AFC Coach Breakfast at Arizona Biltmore, on March 27, 2007.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

I figured this might be old news around here, but I decided since I love to write about Tennessee, I might as well take a whack at it.

Seriously everyone, Lane Kiffin is my hero. Well, no, he isn't. He is still the coach at Tennessee BUT he does make the offseason very, very interesting.

This time Mr. Kiffin decided it would be a good idea to get a verbal commitment out of Evan Berry, the brother of star Volunteer Eric Berry. Apparently brother Evan is further along in his development than Eric was at his age.

Oh yeah, his age...Well you see, Evan is 13. Now I'm not a historian or anything but I don't think a football school has ever gotten a commitment out of a middle school kid ever. If you ask me it's a bit outlandish, but that's Kiffin.

So what does all this mean? Well, for starters, Mr. Kiffin is probably on the side of an early signing day. Also, he obviously is trying to outdo Texas with the whole early commit thing, and he also thinks he will be at Knoxville through at least four or five seasons.

But anyways, none of this is important. What does this mean for Evan? Well, for one, he is probably the studliest player on his middle school football team. And second, if he has already pulled in an offer then the kid can't be that bad and will probably be recruited hard by others in the future, if he pans out that is.

So for now, let's treat this as a publicity stunt by Kiffin, One in a string of many. I mean, after all, this is just a verbal commit, the kid didn't actually sign a letter of intent or anything...

Let's all hope for the best for Evan in the future, and hopefully he looks at more options in the recruiting process.