Decision on the horizon
"So far I've been to Junior Day trips to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Memphis," said Gerald Perry II. "I'm going to one this coming Saturday at Mississippi State. Right now I have seven offers. The two from the SEC are Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, but Mississippi State may be close to offering."
Perry, a 5-foot-9, 162-pound wide receiver, said his visit to Vanderbilt in February was a good one. He even got to see the Commordores Mens Basketball team take on the No. 1 team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats while he was there.
"It went real well," Perry stated. "We toured the campus and got to see the new facilities. When we went to the basketball game, I had a chance to see how supportive the fanbase is. That was good to see. During the game we got a chance to talk one-on-one with Coach Franklin. He said he was rebuilding at Vanderbilt, that they had no favorites, and the best will play.
"They offered me at wide receiver. He told me that if I came in, worked, and was serious, I would play as a freshman."
Known for his big play ability, Perry was First Team All-District (16-6A) at punt returner. He made two catches for 142 yards in the play-off semifinal match-up with Mount Juliet. The first was a 71-yard reception that started the scoring in the 44-10 Tiger route.
"I had over 900 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns," Perry said of his junior season. "This season I did a better job at reading defenses.
"In my sophomore year I was running wherever to try to get open. Now I'm waiting for the open hole, and when the free safety goes out of coverage I'm breaking down the sidelines. As far as going up [for the ball], I can leap out of the gym. If I can improve more on my route running next season I think I'll be a great wide receiver."
Perry also holds offers from Western Kentucky, Memphis, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, and Tennessee State, where his father, Gerald Perry, played. Perry's father starred at Carver High School in Memphis, and played for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. Perry says he might make a decision soon on his future.
"I'm planning on committing after spring practice," Perry said. "It's between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt for me. Also, the coaching I'll receive at wide receiver will be a factor.
"I had a good talk with Coach Gattis [at Vanderbilt]. I think he'd help me a lot. I also like Coach Heard [at Ole Miss]. I'll be looking at the depth chart too to see how long I'll probably have to sit out before I can expect to see some significant playing time. I'm going to look at who's leaving, who's coming in, and who's going to be there."
As he prepares for spring practice, Perry is running track relays, the 4X1 and the 4X2, at Whitehaven.
The 2012 Whitehaven team is expected to remain competitive again in Tennessee 6A. Perry reports seven of his teammates in this year's class have received Division 1 offers. Follow @VandyManiacom
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