Nick Perry’s ascent up the prospect charts in the state of Michigan has been one of the stories of the high school football season. Most keeping tabs on the Great Lake State prep scene now have the 6-5, 225-pounder at the top of their rankings… and with good reason. He seems to be the missing link for a Detroit King program that is undefeated thus far and has a good chance of bringing the Motor City an evasive state title. Perry has been a quarterback’s nightmare this season en route to shattering the state sack record. However, when you speak with the unassuming star, he makes it seem like the feat is one that is par for the course.
“I’ve got 31 or 32,” Perry said regarding his season sack total. “It’s something like that.”
Perry turned in one of the most impressive plays of the PSL season when he ran down Detroit Denby tailback from behind in the city title game. Winston, a legit 4.4 man, had broken into the clear and looked to be on his way to pay-dirt. That was until Perry managed to get a bead on him.
“Everybody was talking to me about it because people didn’t think that I have the speed that I have,” said Perry, “but I got it.”
Winston (#3) breaks into the clear for 60 yards as Perry (#8) tracks him
Some have suggested that Perry had an angle on the thought-to-be speedier opponent. They cited that as the reason why he was able to close the gap and make the play. Perry remembers it differently.
“Nah, not really,” Perry laughingly replied when asked if he had the angle. “Not really. He had a lot of paces above me, so I had to use my speed and my burst to catch back up. It’s not that big of a deal to me though. I’m a big time player. I make big plays, so I expect that out of myself. That’s just from all of the training I’ve been doing. In the summer time I had my personal trainer, and I was going straight to football practice after that… just doing what I had to do.”
Perry may look at his athletic accomplishments thus far as no big deal, but coaches and scouts from across the country clearly think otherwise. Not only has he has gone from in-state sleeper to nationally coveted prospect in a matter of months, he is also now and All American game candidate.
“The one in Orlando (i.e. the ESPN All American game) was talking about how I might be able to play in that game,” said Perry. “I’ll probably find out after the season. If I get a chance to play in it I know I can’t play other sports, but I’ve got my own personal trainer so I’ll be on my own little thing. If I don’t play in it I probably might do basketball or track.”
With his squad still trying to continue its playoff march this Saturday versus Dearborn, recruiting is still an afterthought for Perry. The way things look now, he may not even make his long planned trip to East Lansing to take in a game.
“It’s kind of shaky right now,” said Perry. “I’m not really sure now. I’m probably going end up checking them out after the season.”
“I had a game last week so I didn’t see all of the (Michigan/Michigan State) game,” he continued. “I saw the end though. At first I was thinking it was over because Hart had got hurt and he was out for minute. The passing game was (Michigan’s) hope. They did their thing.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Perry in the coming weeks.