Nick Perry, a 6-1, 195-pound safety, has shown a good nose for the football and the willingness to be physical on a football field.
"I broke into the starting lineup during the state playoffs my sophomore year," Perry says. "I started every game last year as a junior. I believe I had five interceptions and around 40 tackles.
Perry, who attended an Auburn football camp last summer, has made recent trips to junior days at two other SEC schools. "I went to visit Georgia and Alabama," he says. "I went up to their campuses to see what their programs are all about. They were both good trips."
The defensive back notes that he has been playing football since he was seven or eight years old and he really enjoys the sport.
"I think the best part of what I do is play smart football and read quarterbacks," he says. "I think I have great ball skills. This year I am working on my speed and trying to get my 40-time down. My best time is 4.58."
For a defensive back still in his junior year of high school, Perry already has excellent size and might be bigger by the time he gets to college. "I think I am still growing," he points out. "I hope to get to about six-foot-three."
In the offseason he has been working on his strength and speed in hopes of attracting scholarship offers. He bench presses 240 pounds and squats 430.
"I don't have any offers yet," says the safety, who notes that he grew up following SEC football and in particular the in-state programs. One of those colleges, Auburn, sent him a recruiting letter last week.
With Prattville sending a variety of players to Alabama in recent years he notes that he has pulled for the Tide in their matchups vs. Auburn, but says he is interested in the Tigers' program directed by new head coach Gene Chizik. After being hired by Auburn, the first high school he visited was Prattville and Perry notes that he saw Chizik on the trip, but couldn't talk to him because it was a no-contact period.
In addition to the in-state colleges, the safety says, "I like Georgia and LSU."
Perry notes that he is on the A's and B's honor roll at Prattville High and would like to major in computer science in college.