Urbandale's Perry Catching Iowa's Eye

A broken foot early in his season slowed his recruitment, but Travis Perry still has suitors. The Class of 2011 member from Urbandale, Iowa recently visited Iowa and Northern Iowa. He holds scholarship offers from other schools. Get the latest on his recruitment at Hawkeye Insider.

Urbandale's Travis Perry entered the season with some recruiting momentum. Colleges were paying close attention to the Class of 2011 athlete.

Then, injury struck. He broke his foot on the second play in Game 2 of the season.

"It's really hard to tell the interest level of schools after that," Perry said. "After I broke my foot, the recruiting really went down. But one thing I can tell you is that Iowa still kept in good touch when the others leveled off."

Perry recovered from the injury to play the final three games of the regular season and the J-Hawks' three playoff contests. He just received his senior highlights and will get those out to schools this week.

The University of Northern Iowa hosted Perry on an unofficial visit Saturday night. He's already received scholarship offers from North Dakota and Eastern Illinois.

Iowa, Iowa State and Eastern Illinois are recruiting the 6-foot-2 1/2, 205-pound Perry as an outside linebacker. UNI sees him as a strong safety, while North Dakota views him as a wide receiver.

"I mostly played strong safety and slot receiver in high school, which is like a wing back," Perry said. "But I also saw some time at tight end, fullback and linebacker, too."

Perry visited Iowa twice this season. He attended the Michigan State and Ball State games at Kinnick Stadium.

"I didn't get a chance to talk with the coaches on the last visit," Perry said. "The last time I talked with them I was still recovering from my broken foot. They just told me that they were still interested. They said to put together my senior tape after I got back healthy and they would evaluate it."

Perry has set up a visit to Eastern Illinois in early January and also hopes to get to North Dakota around that time. He's had a hard time working it in around his basketball season.

"Right now, I just want to weigh my options," Perry said. "I want to take some official visits to get a better idea of what the schools have to offer. As far as being a preferred walk-on at Iowa or accepting a scholarship from another school, that's completely up in the air. I'm just going to let it play itself out."


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