San Jose State has a big hole to fill left by running back Tyler Ervin who played his final game as a Spartan in the team’s season ending bowl win. One 2016 recruit is confident he can step in without the team skipping a beat, however. Deonte Perry, a three-star back of Canoga Park, committed to San Jose State earlier this month.
“I think that the things (Ervin) can do, I could do just as good if not better,” Perry said. “I knew that I had a good chance at playing early. I saw how he is as a player and I’m very similar to him. I thought they wouldn’t be missing much if they had a guy like me come to their team.”
Perry was temporarily a silent commit, but made his decision official to the public earlier this month. He originally committed on a trip to see San Jose State take on Boise State.
“I liked it,” Perry said of the team’s efforts. “Even though they weren’t victorious, I just liked how they played. They didn’t stop fighting even though they were losing. And they went into the second half, they were up. They just have to finish. I liked how everybody was friendly and talking.”
Perry had offers from Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State, Wyoming, Cal Poly and Southern Utah, but no one recruited him quite like SJSU managed to. Assistant coach Andrew Rolin was his primary recruiter.
“They have a more brotherhood like feeling than I’ve seen out of all the colleges that have contacted me,” Perry said. “San Jose State has been the most truthful, they have been contacting me heavily. It seemed like they wanted me unlike any other college that was contacting… I fell in love with everything - the team, the coaches, the fans, the campus, everything.”
Perry plans on competing right away as a true freshman and has no lack of confidence as to what he can bring to the next level.
“I just want the ball in my hands,” Perry said. “If I have the ball in my hands, I feel like I can control the game. Although I need offensive linemen and receivers to block, I can’t help if I don’t have the ball in my hands. That’s how I feel.”
At San Jose State, Perry plans to major in kinesiology to pursue opening his own sports clinic and athlete rehabilitation center and to one day be an athletic trainer for an NFL or NBA team.