However, in congruence with a coaching staff overhaul, Evan Berry is seeing his recruitment by the Volunteers crank up a notch. The Creekside (Ga.) High School athlete joined his twin brother Elliot Berry and father James Berry for an invite-only junior day on Rocky Top last weekend.
"It was fun, a lot of change since I've been up here. It was good changes I've seen," Evan Berry said.
"I mean the attitude (has changed). Coach obviously has big plans on winning national championships and nothing less."
With head coach Butch Jones leading the way, Tennessee is holding a laid back version of junior days with a limited number of prospects so that relationship building can accelerate with more time individually with each prospect.
"There's nobody really pressuring you to do anything," Berry said. "I can just say I'm comfortable with this atmosphere or whatever."
The Vol legacy target said he spoke briefly with Jones.
"He basically said that, 'We want you up here,' and they would love to have me," Berry said.
In spite of holding a double digit number of scholarship offers from some of the more prestigious BCS programs across the southeast, Berry hasn't delved deeply into the recruiting process. With National Signing Day for him and his 2014 classmates less than a year away, it's time to take recruiting seriously.
"Eventually it's going to have to start," Berry said. "I'm just taking it slow. I'm not trying to rush it. I'm not trying to let this process worry me out. But, eventually it's going to have to start."
At 5-feet-11, 194 pounds, the Seminole is being recruited by Tennessee as a defensive back. He plays quite a bit of quarterback as well down in the Peach State.
As a freshman, he ran for 973 yards on 80 attempts with 10 touchdowns. He also threw for 1,789 yards with 23 TDs and seven interceptions. At defensive back, he had 30 tackles and four pass deflections.
Creekside took an early exit from the 2012 GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs, falling 27-24 to Thomas County Central. Berry was 10-of-21 passing for 100 yards and had 15 rushes for 57 yards. The Seminoles finished with a record of 7-4.
Berry's first track meet this spring with the 'Noles is March 2 and most Saturdays after that. He will also compete for Cameron Newton's 7 on 7 team.
In January, Berry competed in the Under Armour Combine in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He was hand-timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.56 seconds and logged a vertical leap of 34 1/2 inches.
InsideTennessee.com took in a Creekside game last fall and spoke with the Vol target afterward. See what he told us in the exclusive interview below: