April 29, 2006

Does Eric Berry Figure in Vols' QB Plans?

Athens, Ga. -- If you're making a wish list of prospective Tennessee football recruits in the Class of 2007, it's not a stretch to say that Georgia athlete Eric Berry sits at the top of that list. The question is though, just what position does the multi-talented Berry occupy in the mind's of Tennessee coaches? He could fill any number of roles for any program, but to the Vols' way of thinking, Berry might best suit their needs lining up under center in Knoxville.

It's starting to look as though David Cutcliffe would like to land a versatile quarterback with the ability to do different things within the scheme of his offense. Berry, projected by many as either a cornerback or even a running back at the college level, would certainly fit the bill as an athletic signal caller, and that appears to be the direction that Tennessee is now taking with his recruitment.

Berry noted that Tennessee is the only school on his list that his currently recruiting him as a quarterback, but though there's a lot of speculation that he'd like to stay on offense, he says that development doesn't give the Vols a huge advantage.

Berry, who was sidelined in Athens today because of a fractured wrist he suffered while landing during a long-jump competition earlier this week at a track meet, makes it clear that he's in no hurry to make a decision, but he does have a well-defined top-five at the moment Tennessee, Georgia, Miami, Texas and Ohio State.

Berry is a member of the Rivals.com Pre-Evaluation Top-100, and will assuredly be a prominent member when the rankings begin to take shape in the next couple of months.

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