Evan Berry Is Recruitin' Jailbait

Sportwriters, start ↵your cluckin' engines. Lane Kiffin thinks a guy who hasn't reached ↵high school has a purty backpedal:  ↵
↵⇥"Yes, I committed to Tennessee," Evan [Berry] 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." ↵
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↵It's time once again for Recruiting ↵Pedo Bear ↵Goes Too Far: Evan Berry, the younger brother of Tennessee secondary ↵ninja Eric, has committed to Tennessee. He's 13. Berry's favorite things ↵aside from Tennessee football are Hannah Montana, his rubber band ↵collection, and giving crotchety old columnists material with which to ↵rail against the internet and/or Lane Kiffin. ↵

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↵The chances some columnist ↵desperate for material in the doldrums of summer takes this opportunity ↵to rail against the recruiting industry that's rapidly supplanting him: ↵100 percent. Watch this ↵Google news search, if you're weird. ↵

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↵Yes, it's probably unwise to offer a scholarship to a kid who barely ↵weighs more than Layla Kiffin. For comparison, here's Michael Jackson at ↵13. But you know, whatever. Chances this is a solid commitment are ↵slim. This gambit's been tried before. ↵

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↵When Chris Leak was a mewling tyke -- also in ninth grade -- he committed ↵to Wake Forest to play with his brother CJ, then a Demon Deacons ↵quarterback. He decommitted when CJ transferred to Tennessee, ↵ironically, and had the Vols #1 on his list until, as Matt Hayes tells ↵it, his older brother got ↵screwed over by the Tennessee coaches: ↵

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↵⇥Two years ago, he [C.J.] started the Georgia game for an injured ↵⇥[Casey] Clausen and was replaced early in the first quarter by freshman ↵⇥James Banks because the Vols were struggling on offense. That snub ↵⇥convinced Chris Leak to back off of the Vols in the recruiting process ↵⇥and embrace Florida. ↵
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↵Leak bounced back from underclassman losses against the Vols to ↵win his last two; in his senior year he accounted for all 21 of ↵Florida's points in the Gators' 21-20 win. Florida won the ↵national title. Someone get Kiffin a time machine so we can blame this ↵on him. ↵

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↵Of course, there's little chance the younger Berry sees his brother ↵undergo a similar benching. When Rocky ↵Top Talk counted down the top 15 plays of Tennessee's 2008 season, ↵the top three were all ↵Berry, as were seven ↵of the 15 candidates. ↵

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↵But we should file this under Tennessee PR stunts, right? At this ↵point, they could beat Florida and I would shrug and say "meh ... PR ↵stunt." ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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