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Evan Berry

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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." 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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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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