Three-star running back Deonte Perry is sprinting up recruiting boards

Three-star running back Deonte Perry is using his track-speed to gain attention from college coaches, hauling in five offers over the past month.

Canoga Park (Calif.) three-star running back Deonte Perry has already totaled 1,158 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in eight games so far in his senior season. Perry is one of the fastest high school runners in California when it comes to the 200 and his speed is translating to the football field as well.

Perry jumped on the recruiting scene this fall, going from no offers to five offers over the last month. First, Southern Utah offered the speedy back. Then the Mountain West jumped in with offers from Nevada, Fresno State and San Jose State in that order. He also holds an offer from Cal Poly.

The athlete is also hearing from New Mexico and North Dakota State - Weber State is also recruiting him, but as a cornerback.

When he picks his school, the option to run track could play a factor. The sprinter runs the 100 and the 200.

“I’d like to do track too,” Perry said. “I finished last year eighth in the state in the 200’s. I think I could have done better but I had a slight (hamstring) pull. I think I’m just as fast, if not faster on the football field. I think my speed is my biggest strength.”

When it comes to the football programs, San Jose State has impressed Perry due to the style of offense they run. At Canoga Park, he runs a pistol offense, but feels like he could fit in very well with the Spartans after watching what star back Tyler Ervin can do.

“I was pretty excited,” Perry said of the SJSU offer. “That was one of the ones I was looking for because of the style of offense they play. I think I could fit best into that backfield. I watched the UNLV game. I think I’m very similar to (Ervin). I think that the things he can do, I could do just as good if not better.”

Perry will take an unofficial visit to San Jose State this weekend as the Spartans take on New Mexico. Running backs coach Andrew Rolin is his primary recruiter.

The three-star back was also excited by his Fresno State offer, but is yet to build a strong relationship with the coaching staff and doesn’t know if or when he’ll be visiting.

“Fresno (State) would be a good one too,” Perry said. “I was pretty excited about their offer. I really don’t know at this point. I just know it’s going to be a tough decision because they are all really good schools.”

Perry plans to narrow down his decision after the football season.


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