Peria Jerry is ready to come home
Both players spoke of the discipline and the difference of their maturity level that came from their stay at Hargrave. It looks like Peria has benefited in the same way. Jerry has excelled both in the classroom and on the field this fall, as he leads his team in pressures and carried a 3.0 GPA on his midterm report card.
Jerry will resign with Ole Miss in February and will enroll at the University of Mississippi in June.
The following information was revealed during our interview with Peria Jerry:
What did you report in at Hargrave? "They had me at 6' 2", 282."
Have you been timed since you reported? "Yea, they had me like a 4.78 but I was tight. I still have that 4.5 speed if I need it."
What are you benching and squatting these days? "I go about 405 (bench) and 550 (squat)."
How are you enjoying your stay at Hargrave? "It is all right. It is going good."
Tell us about your life at Hargrave? "Man, it is a long story. Discipline, I mean, everything. We are up at 5:00 am every morning. Bed is tucked in by 5:45 am. Uniform is clean, pants are tight. That is the hardest thing that I have had to get use to (laugh). There is just so much (to say), man, it would take me all day."
Are you glad you enrolled at Hargrave? "Yea, I am real glad. This has given me a chance to prove myself. There is just so much I have learned being here. It has taught me how to be a man. A real man. I look back at how I was in high school, and man, I can not even believe that was me. I might even go into the military after my (football) days are over. I love it."
How is your season going? "We have 2 more games left. We play Fork Union,and then we finish our season with Virginia Tech (J.V.)."
Who has been your toughest opponent? "So far, Nakawana (PA). They had a real mean dude at (offensive tackle). We pretty much drew even."
What is Hargrave's current record? "We are 6 - 3. We lost a couple that we should have won. We just shot ourselves in the foot."
Which position are you playing? "Well, I turned my ankle over during the week of the first game, and I missed a few games. I was playing defensive tackle then. Then when I got back, they put me at defensive end. Now I am playing middle linebacker because we have some people hurt."
What do you like playing best? "It really does not matter. Probably best, I like defensive end, but I will play anything. I can make more plays at end though."
What are your stats for the season? "They do not let us know until the end of the season. They do not want us to get the big head or anything."
Tell us about the competition level at Hargrave compared to South Panola? "It is a whole lot faster, and they are a lot stronger. Everybody is on a whole another level. I see what everybody is saying now. A whole lot faster. You learn a whole lot more here too, with you having a position coach and all. In high school, you just run the whole field and not worry about anything else. Here, you have your responsibilities, and if you just ran wild, you get beat. They have taught me a lot here."
How are your academics coming along? "Great, I had a 3.0 in my midterms."
When will you graduate from Hargrave? "In may."
Are you still set to sign with Ole Miss in February? "Oh yea, I am ready. I will be there in June."
Do you still keep up with your South Panola boys at Ole Miss? "Everyday."
What are your thoughts of the current seniors (John Jerry, Derek Pegues, Travis Sanford) at South Panola and where they are going? "I mean, we are family. All of us. I mean, they have to be their own man and do what is best for them. But, you know, we have been talking our whole life about all of us playing together in college. We want to win that ring together. We already have all of us at Ole Miss, so why would they go anywhere else?. I just could not see them not with us. But, like I said, they have to do what is best for them."
Is there anything you would like to say to the Ole Miss fans? "Tell them to keep believing in me. We are going to win that ring before we leave there. We are so close. I have been watching all of the games up here on TV. I believe we should have won some of those games. I mean, it is not like we are getting beat by the players, we are just shooting ourselves in the foot. We are going to get there. And tell them I am working hard, trying to get better, so I can help them next year."