Dalyn Wade-Perry, the top uncommitted defensive tackle in New Jersey's 2018 class and No. 8 player at the position in the East's 2017 class, is focused on a handful of schools.
And while the on-field production of the Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII prospect is not what he hoped for during his senior season, Florida State, UCLA, Stanford, Penn State and Rutgers each continue to recruit him hard.
Wade-Perry set three official visits (see insert story), and Scout was at his game Saturday at Rutgers University to watch him in action, and a few things stand out. There is no denying whatever college program gets him, the first thing on the agenda is reshaping the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Perry.
He usually faces double teams, and on occasion was triple teamed, and as the game progressed, the constant attention wore him down a bit. Still, he showed he can fire off the ball well, he was strong in the upper body and he usually kept his pad level low. He gained penetration into the backfield a number of times, and he was able to disengage.
In small, tight spaces, Wade-Perry showed he could move laterally, and he demonstrated good balance and quick feet. He was able to mix in a few spin moves, and his footwork was clean and quick on those moves. He even showed his ability to get down the field a bit and impact a play in pass coverage along the sideline.
Wade-Perry flashed more in this game than when Scout saw him play earlier in the season at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. As was mentioned, the key for him is to re-shape his body a bit so he his athleticism shows better, and his stamina increases.