Recently, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Missouri offer and 2016 DT prospect Michael Perry 6’2” 325 Memphis (TN) Whitehaven. Perry talked about his interest in Missouri, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“(The Missouri coaches) want me to come for a visit,” explained Perry, who added that he’s “definitely” interested in Missouri.
Perry currently holds offers from Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee, and Tennessee State, among others, in addition to Missouri. He’s also hearing from Arkansas, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt. He believes those three schools are close to offering.
Perry is a multi-sport athlete, who also plays baseball, puts the shot and throws the discuss in track and field, and wrestles. His personal best in the 40-yard dash is 5.25 seconds, and he’s posted a standing vertical jump of 26”, to go along with a maximum in the bench press of 330 pounds.
Perry’s high school coach, Rodney Saulsberry, told ShowMeMizzou.com that Perry is already academically qualified. And, he said that it’s Perry’s hands and feet that set him apart from other players.
“(Perry’s) hands and feet are extremely adept for a man that big,” explained Coach Saulsberry.
Perry identified Missouri Defensive Coordinator Barry Odom and Missouri Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski as his primary recruiters. Perry talked about the importance to him of his relationship with his defensive coaches.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Odom and Coach Kool,” said Perry, who went on to explain what he’s looking for in a school. “A good defensive line coach is important, a defensive line coach who’s going to be there for a while.”
Perry told ShowMeMizzou.com that he currently has a top three schools of Indiana, Missouri, and Ole Miss. He’s already visited Indiana and Ole Miss. He said that he’s planning to visit Missouri “soon”.
He’d like to make a decision prior to his senior season.