Coach's Corner: Jay Uchiumi

Inside, Laney College head coach Jay Uchiumi talks about recent Colorado signee Chris Perri.

Chris Perri played high school ball at Bishop O'Dowd in Alameda, Calif., then went to San Jose State, where he played linebacker as a freshman. Wanting to play in bigger pastures, Perri transferred to Laney College (Oakland) with hopes of eventually playing at a major Division I-A school.

At Laney, Perri played defensive line and was named the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year last season. He signed with the Buffs on Wednesday.

BSN spoke with Laney head coach Jay Uchiumi recently.

BSN: What kind of player was Perri for you?
Jay Uchiumi
: He played for us for a year. He's a real high-energy guy. He's always running. That's his biggest attribute – he's pretty fast and agile for a guy who weighs 260. And he's probably more than 260 right now.

He did a nice job in the classroom for us this year. He had to get an AA degree to transfer.

I think his best football is in front him. He's got three years to (play two), and I think Colorado got a great deal with him.

BSN: What was it about Colorado that appealed to him?
Uchiumi
: He told me he felt really comfortable with the coaching staff there. And, obviously, he thought the campus was beautiful. He thought it's an up and coming football program. Too, he thinks he has a good chance to play. All those things together were pretty attractive to him.

BSN: Did he play defensive tackle for you? Or at end?
Uchiumi
: We played him all over. But in our system he played more inside than he would've liked. I think it's going to make him a better player down the road because he was basically a real speed player before that. Then all of a sudden he had to get down with the big boys. He kept saying, ‘Coach, I might need to be out on the edge.'

He's working real hard in the classroom and with the weights right now. He's definitely real serious about what's going on.

After he committed to Colorado he had a bunch of schools come and talk to him and he told them he was already committed. Like I said, I think Colorado made a good move by offering when they did.


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