Berry's home on defense or offense?

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The finish line is just around the corner. For most senior football recruits, it's a sigh of relief and another step forward as a student-athlete.

National Signing Day is Wednesday and Evan Berry carries as much excitement as anyone about putting pen to paper in becoming a Tennessee Volunteer.

"It will be good to sign Wednesday," Berry told InsideTennessee. "I've always wanted to officially say that I'm a Vol and move on ahead."

The Scout four-star prospect from Fairburn, Ga., used his final weekend of the recruiting process visiting Knoxville to learn more about his future home.

"It really went well," Berry said. "Nothing really changed. I had a good time up here on my visit."

The trip came on the heels of a visit to Hawaii for some "very nice" weather" to see his brother Eric Berry compete in the NFL Pro Bowl and intercept a Drew Brees pass. Evan saw more water this weekend as he and other visitors steamed down the Tennessee River, although he had done it one other time with a friend of his father and former Vol team captain James Berry.

Senior defensive back Justin Coleman was his player host.

"He's a cool dude. I'm known him because he went to school (in Georgia) at Brunswick," Berry said.

Berry, who ranks No. 293 in the final Scout 300 for the Class of 2014, plans to wear No. 29 at Tennessee because he knows "the history behind it." Not only does his brother don 29 for the Kansas City Chiefs but it was worn by close family friend Inquoris Johnson, whose career ended on Shields-Watkins Field with a traumatic injury.

At the onset of his career with the Orange & White, Berry will get a chance to show coach Butch Jones that his home should be on offense as he could figure into coordinator Mike Bajakian's scheme being utilized in similar fashion to current Vols Alton Howard or Devrin Young.

"I talked to coach Jones about it and he said that he's going to try me on offense and see how it works out," said Berry, who played numerous positions for the Seminoles from running back to quarterback to safety to wide receiver. "At the end of the day, it's his decision so…obviously they're going to give me a chance at what I want — receiver, running back or a utility guy."

A 2013 that involved the death of Creekside (Ga.) High School teammate Deantre Turman , his family's house burning and the heights of the recruiting process ended in grand fashion. The Seminoles won five straight games in the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs to win the championship after defeating Tucker 52-28 on Dec. 13.

"Man, that's as good as it gets you know," Evan said. "We worked hard all year with that as the goal and finally accomplished it. With everything going on, you couldn't ask for anything better."

Berry says he will move to Rocky Top in May or June. With demolition of Gibbs Hall underway, him and several other Vols will reside in Volunteer Hall.

"It's pretty nice, you know, can't really complain," he said.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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