Gerald Perry talked in-depth of decision
"I committed to Coach Franklin right after the spring game," said Gerald Perry. "I liked that Vanderbilt doesn't have a strong depth chart at wide receiver. I think I'll be able to come in and see some early playing time.
"It's also a high academic school. I told Coach Franklin I was ready to be a Commodore and join the family. He talked to me for a long time afterward about family, football, and being a player at Vanderbilt."
Perry made an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt in February. He was convinced the Commodore program was right for him on a return trip he made with his parents to see the Black and Gold spring game on April 14th.
"I think they're going to have a very good team next season," said Perry. "The quarterback looked good; they have a nice sized line. They were scarce at wide receiver though, and I think when I get there I can help stretch the field vertically, and run some reverses. I want to do whatever I can to help us win a national championship."
Although Perry left his Ole Miss cap on the table after putting on the Vanderbilt cap, teammate Mark Dodson Jr., chose to play for the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Whitehaven Tigers made it to the Tennessee 6A state championship game in 2011 where they fell to Maryville.
"I had between 23 and 25 touchdowns," Perry said of his junior season. "I had 21 receiving touchdowns and another three touchdowns on reverses. On defense, I had 10 pass breakups and three interceptions at free safety.
"My biggest goal is to win state. We have a lot of talent coming back with Mark (Dodson), Darrius Sims, Adam Collins, Justin Hunt, another receiver, and a big DB named David Rivers. More people should know about Rivers, he's a great DB who isn't getting the recognition he deserves."
Perry has the state track meet on the horizon, so he isn't quite ready to get back into full-football mode yet.
"My best time in the 200 is a 21.7," said Perry. "I think I have a good shot to win state. I'm also in the 4X1 and the 4X2 relays.
"This summer I'll be going to a couple of 7-on-7s with my teammates. I'm planning on going to a lot of Commodore games this fall. It's cool because Coach Gattis, the wide receiver coach, also recruits my area. I get to talk to him all the time."
Perry also received offers from Western Kentucky, Memphis, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, and Tennessee State.
His father, Gerald Perry, played at Tennessee State before landing in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.
Perry was named First Team (16-6A) on special teams-punt return as a junior.
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