Vols Make Legacy Class Official
By Dan Harralson
The 2014 Tennessee recruiting class, better known as the legacy class, is now official as national signing day took place Wednesday.
Dillon Bates, Neiko Creamer and Todd Kelly Jr. are all the sons of former Tennessee football starters. Vic Wharton also has ties to Tennessee athletics, as his uncle was a member of the Tennessee men's basketball team from 1996-99.
Elliott and Evan Berry are twin sons of former Tennessee running back James Berry and brothers of former All-American Eric Berry, who was a defensive captain for the Vols. Six players helped form the basis for calling the 2014 recruiting haul "the legacy class":
Dillon Bates: Dillon's father Bill was a UT standout and an All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bates brings quality play to the linebacker position. He finished his high school career with 307 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and three blocked punts.
Elliott Berry: The brother of current Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, he played outside linebacker in high school and brings speed and strength to Tennessee. Elliott ran a reported 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and has benched 315 pounds. Ball instincts and tackling in space strengths.
Evan Berry: That's right, another Berry. Elliott and Evan are twin brothers and both will play on the defensive side of the ball. Evan will play cornerback for the Vols as Tennessee looks to repair a secondary that allowed 211 yards per game through the air.
Neiko Creamer: Neiko's father Andre played for Johnny Majors from 1984-87 when the Vols were 33-12-1. Neiko will look to duplicate his father's 120 total tackles and six interceptions at Tennessee. At 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, Neiko can play receiver or tight end.
Todd Kelly Jr.: The son of Todd Kelly Sr., who was a star defender for Majors' teams that went 38-9-2 from 1989-92. Kelly Jr. is not an early enrollee, but lives in Knoxville and will be close to the program throughout spring practices. Todd brings play-making skills to the Tennessee defense and has good instincts that counter his tackling and ball skills. The Vols' secondary will benefit with Kelly in the lineup this fall.
Vic Wharton: Wharton was the first to verbally commit to Jones' 2014 class and is the nephew of Brandon Wharton, a standout basketball player for the Vols. He played both ways in high school and produced well-rounded stats. The Thompson's Station, Tenn., native finished with 848 yards on the ground, 444 yards passing and 1,445 yards receiving. He also produced 1,207 yards on kickoff returns and 521 yards on punt returns. Wharton made 91 total tackles, eight interceptions and blocked two field goals.