Tennessee athlete Perry commits to Navy

The recruitment process has come to an end for Kenwood (Clarksville, Tenn.) athlete Malcolm Perry. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who was a three-year starter at quarterback for his high school, gave his verbal commitment to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo on the last day of his official visit to campus last weekend in Annapolis.

"It was the connection I felt with the (Navy) players and the coaches that put them on top for me in my decision to commit," Malcolm Perry told GoMids.com. "The visit game me the chance to meet all of the coaches. I really liked their personalities and getting to know them better. I've never really been out of the state of Tennessee, so getting to see another part of the country was really nice and it's so beautiful there.

"There were a bunch of players from Tennessee there so I had people I could relate to. I hung around Charlie Davidson, Ronnie Killings, and Quen Hardy. My roommate was Ronald Cleveland. The Navy players were great. My sponsor was Demond Brown, but I spent a lot of time with Geoffrey Whiteside, Maika Polamalu, and Keenan Reynolds.

"On Sunday, I had a meeting with Coach Niumatalolo that ended with me committing. He was happy. He said he had a hard time reading me all weekend to know what I was thinking. I'm one of those guys who it's kind of hard to tell with, but I really loved it there.

I had been to the Air Force Academy on an official visit the previous week, and have nothing but great things to say about it, but I felt like Navy was the right place for me, personally."

Perry developed a reputation in Tennessee for his ability to win games with his feet. As a senior he rushed for more than 1,600 yards and passed for 830 yards and was named All-Area Player of the Year for Greater Clarksville. His athleticism quickly got the attention of all three D-1 service academies.

"Going into the spring of my junior year, I started hearing from (Ashley) Ingram at Navy," he said. "He recruited me to come play either quarterback or A-back. I'm good with wherever they want me as long as I'm on the field.

"All three service academies recruited me hard. I'm supposed to be going on an official visit to West Point this coming weekend but since I'm committed (to Navy) now I'm not sure if I'll still be going. My parents like to joke around a lot because they're both retired Army, but they're very excited about my decision. We all are."

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