It’s been quite a while since Mocksville (NC) Davie County defensive back Perry James was able to work out at 100%. However, he was able to do just that at this past weekend’s invitation-only combine held at Burlington Williams High School. And if there were any ill-effects from the shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, it certainly didn’t show as James proved to be one of the top defensive backs on hand.
At 5-11, 175 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, James looked sharp in coverage and did a superb job of blanketing the wide receivers during one on ones. He showed the ability to jam at the line of scrimmage, a good back pedal and the quickness to stay with virtually every wide out he faced. After missing his junior season, James admitted it felt good to be back on the field.
“I felt like I did pretty good because it’s been awhile,” he said. “I had surgery on my shoulder but I felt good being out there, moving around and being active. I felt good because I’m back to 100% and I can do everything now.”
Because he didn’t have any junior film, James’ recruiting has moved slowly. Most schools want to see him at camp although one in-state program appears to be on the verge of potentially pulling the trigger on an offer in the near future.
“Most schools would still like to see me in camp,” he said. “East Carolina came down last week and watched me work out after school. I’m going down there next weekend and they’re supposed to offer me then. I’m looking at also taking a couple more trips. I’m going up to Illinois and then to NC State and Tennessee to work out too.”
James’ workout at NC State could be crucial for his chances of earning an offer from the Pack. He was able to make a visit to State back in April and Wolfpack DB’s coach Mike Reed has made a solid impression.
“I like State,” he said. “I went to their spring game and it was exciting. I talked to coach Reed and he’s an awesome coach. He coaches DB’s too so that helps out a lot. I like the game atmosphere there. I’ve never been to a game there in person but I’ve seen it on TV and it seems nice. It’s a good atmosphere.”
James says that he’s open to all interested parties although the Pirates may be tough to overcome should they decide to offer when he camps there in a few days. If they do offer, that could potentially put a quick end to James’ recruiting.
“I’m open to everybody but East Carolina is on top now because they’re so close to offering. You know they won back to back bowl games and their program is stepping up a lot. It’s nice down there.
“I‘m going to try to commit early because I don’t want to wait until the last minute. If East Carolina offers, I’m going to commit. I’ve already said that to my coach.”