What had been a pretty quiet recruiting process for Travis Perry is about to get loud. The Class of 2011 athlete is hitting the road.
"It's definitely going to get crazy here coming up, but it's fun," Perry said.
South Dakota and Eastern Illinois have offered Perry. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder hosted Northern Iowa and Iowa at his high school this week. Neither has offered yet.
Eastern Illinois and South Dakota are looking at Perry to be a linebacker. UNI is unsure if it will be linebacker, safety or tight end. Iowa sees him more as a linebacker than a safety but wants to evaluate him after time in the strength and conditioning program.
"I t depends on how my body reacts after I started lifting, hardcore, and running and all that stuff," Perry said. "I've played safety for four years at the varsity level. That's the position I'm most experienced at. But I like to hit people and that's kind of my mentality. My senior year I played up in the box a lot and that's where some of the coaches see me. I really couldn't care less where I play. I just want to play."
It appears that UNI will offer Perry scholarship money, according to what the school told him while visiting Urbandale this week.
"They said they would let me know on my visit how much it was going to be," Perry said. "The head coach (Mark Farley) does all of that stuff. I'll know more on my visit is basically what they're telling me."
Iowa has told Perry that he's still in the mix for a scholarship as they evaluate players and host visitors leading up to the Feb. 2 national signing day. Iowa has received 19 verbal commitments so far and likely will be around 25 when all is said and done.
"(Reese Morgan) told me that they like me a lot," Perry said. "He said that these last few weeks will be crazy and they'll know more on my visit. I'll take my visit and see what happens."
Perry knows the Iowa offer might not come to him. He could be faced with the choice to take a gray shirt or be a preferred walk-on with the Hawkeyes or grab scholarship money right away from an FCS school.
"I'll definitely think about it," Perry said. "It would be a hard decision to make if it comes down to getting money from a school that wants you to go play there or walking on and building up to a scholarship. I'll think about it, but in the end I think a scholarship would probably win out.
"But I'm definitely not going to rule anything out as of right now. I want a chance to get up there and visit with the coaches and stuff."
Perry has a plan in place to finish out the recruiting process and make his decision.
"Basically what I'm gong to do is take my visits," he said. "After that, I'm going to sit down with my family and see which ones would fit me best then narrow it down. Ultimately, it's going to come down to where I can see myself playing and how well I fit in. A lot of those questions will be answered when I take my visits."