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Prep coach tells CF.C: Seattle RB and future Cougar Caleb Perry's ability to stop sold WSU and Jim Mastro

FUTURE COUGAR running back Caleb Perry out of Seattle is a burner, his prep coach Jim Shapiro tells Cougfan.com. But while WSU area recruiter Eric Mele and running backs coach Jim Mastro came to King's High for the speed, they stayed, and put a scholie on the table, for Perry’s ability to stop.

Perry checks in at 5-9, 175 pounds -- he was highly capable at King's of out-running and out-juking defenders, said Shapiro. But something else caught Mastro's eye (pictured above with Perry).

“Caleb is rocket fast,” Shapiro said. “(He) clocked at 4.38 several times while attending Pac-12 camps this past summer. What (Mastro) noticed and liked the most was Caleb’s ability to start, stop, and start up again.

"You just can’t teach that ability.”

CF.C asked Shapiro who Perry, a 3-star recruit on Scout.com, reminded him of from the state of Washington. One happens to be the head coach at Lincoln High in Tacoma.

“Maskai Matsumoto played for me in 2000-2001 and then played at Trinity College in Chicago,” Shapiro said. “Masaki holds the single game rushing record with 321 yards. Masaki could start and stop like Caleb. Thomas Vincent was a QB for us that was a dual threat. He played football at the University of Washington for four years (DB). Caleb’s football knowledge and athletic strength reminds me of Thomas.”

Cougar running backs James Williams, Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks collectively rushed for over 1,600 yards and 1,000 receiving yards in 2016.   The Washington State running backs also contribute to the passing game in blocking for QB Luke Falk. Shapiro said the Pullman-bound Perry will fit that Air Raid RB mold nicely.

Why? Because they have been doing something similar at King’s for quite a while.

“He will fit in just great,” Shapiro said. “We have been running variations of the spread offense for almost a decade. Caleb is an asset with the run but also has the ability to catch the ball for screens and fares (plus) the speed to be a deep threat. I know that WSU football is a step above our offensive schemes, but Caleb has a strong foundation from our program and it will translate nicely for him at the next level.”

After Perry puts pen to paper and signs with the Cougars on February 1, the next step will be simple, said Shapiro: bulk up.

“During his recruiting process the main concern was his size,” Shapiro said. “Most coaches could see past that because he is athletic, he’s strong and fast. I would recommend he puts on 10-15 pounds of athletic muscle in order to handle the pounding and rigors of (Division I) football.”

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