Elliot Berry: 'I like their swagger'

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The 2014 recruiting class is laced with Orange & White blooded prospects and that couldn't be more true than with two Fairburn, Ga., twins, Elliot and Evan Berry, brothers of former All-American Eric Berry and sons of former player James Berry.

For Elliot, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete, after visiting Tennessee unofficially for the Volunteers junior day there seems to be a new vibe around the football program.

"I got a real good vibe from the coaches," Berry told InsideTennessee.com. "They seem to be really passionate about what they do and any time you get someone who is passionate about what they do that is a really good sign.

"What impressed me was how optimistic and how passionate the coaches are about doing their job and winning."

Something that set the Vols apart from others that are heavy after the duo and especially Elliot was the emphasis placed on academics on Rocky Top.

"Honestly I can't say too much about the last staff because this is my first real junior day," he said. "I like how this staff likes to talk about life after football and getting you academics because that is the important thing.

"I thought they were going to talk about football, getting in the weight room, getting big and playing ball, but most of the speeches were about getting your grades together."

While Evan was told he fits in as a corner with the Vols, Elliot has yet to discuss a position with the Tennessee coaching staff. That being said you, fans shouldn't expect a decision quickly regardless of position from Elliot.

"I am going to keep my options open," he said. "I am going to try and wait as long as possible because I want to make the right decision. I don't want to rush anything. Hopefully I will make the right decision come signing day."

Of the eight offers Elliot has collected, he says that Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina and Georgia are among those working the hardest to gain his services at the next level.

During his visit to Tennessee, Elliot and a truckload of other top recruits were treated to a 30-point romping of the Kentucky Wildcats in Thompson-Boling Arena, which was his first.

"That was my first UT basketball game," he said. "I didn't really — they told me it was going to be wild, but I didn't think it was going to be that wild. When we first walked in the fans were throwing newspaper everywhere and all kinds of stuff. It was great."

One thing is for certain — Tennessee seems to have improved their status under the new coaching staff of headman Butch Jones.

"I like their swagger," Berry said. "Most definitely I am more excited about what they have to offer now. Any time you have a group of coaches that are passionate about what they are doing then that rubs off on you a little bit."

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