Educational Spring Camp for South African WR

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshman walk-on Ntwademela Perry got his first opportunity in front of the Rutgers crowd at High Point Solutions Stadium during the spring game. An early enrolled receiver from South Africa, Perry breaks down his first college semester and football development.

Rutgers football is nothing like Star College for Boys in South Africa, and Ntwademela Perry learned that lesson very quickly.

The freshman walk-on receiver graduated from high school in December with minimal experience in organized football. Perry, however, showcased his skill set and 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame at Rutgers camp last summer to earn a preferred walk-on offer.

Perry saw plenty of action this spring, and is eager to carry momentum into the offseason conditioning program.

"I didn't think my in-game experience had to catch up," Perry said. "It was more just my confidence on the field. …The confidence is off the roof now. It was a lot of fun. I was feeding off the people. I wasn't nervous. I was having fun."

Perry played with the twos and threes in the Rutgers spring game while listed as limited on the injury report. Playing in front of fans while wearing the Rutgers uniform capped off an exciting first semester of college, he said.

"It's really a blessing," Perry said. "I get my education and I play the best sport in the world. I couldn't ask for anything else. It was a great opportunity. It was just a really good learning experience. I gained a lot of knowledge both on and off the field. I love it here."

Perry grew up in South Africa, but his father and former West Virginia Mountaineer Ed Perry kept him interested in American football.

Perry spent his final summer of high school in the United States, and eventually chose Rutgers as his college destination.

"I guess it was about trust," Perry said. "They had trust in me. They were the first Division I team to offer me a chance, and I took that to heart. I loved the coaching staff and the people and their beliefs and the whole ‘R Family.'"

Perry will enter training camp needing more experience to climb the depth chart.

Rutgers did not sign any receivers, but may try Dre Boggs at the position in training camp. Perry is aware of depth concerns at his position, and said he would do what he can to be ready for the season.

"This was the dream, but it's amazing that it came true," Perry said. "I need to show I know the playbook. It's all about the playbook and following everything that [receivers] coach [Ben] McDaniels taught me. I'm keeping humble and doing the right thing.

"… I feel like I've learned a ton. It's mostly because this is a pro-style offense, so it is very technique-based. It's very detailed. My learning curve really spiked during the spring"


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