Saturday was a birthday DeSoto (TX) receiver Emmet Perry will never forget.
Taking his first official visit and in search of his first power five conference offer, Perry didn’t have to wait long to get his scholarship or find his future home.
“When I got there, being around all those coaches that have returned from having graduated from there, the positivity from other people and the players, I really was impressed,” Perry told BadgerNation. “The program overall, I liked it. I thought I would be a good fit there. And just the football atmosphere at the game, I enjoyed myself.”
One day after returning home following his official visit to Madison, Perry announced he was committing to Wisconsin, the 13th commitment in Wisconsin’s 2017 class and the second based off the latest recruiting weekend. Mesa (AZ) Desert Ridge long snapper Adam Bay committed on Sunday.
“I knew on the way home (that I wanted to commit), but talking it over with my parents (Monday), that’s when I was ready to take that step,” Perry said. “The positivity and the academics (surprised me). Everyone knows the football is good. When I looked them up and looked at their graduation rate, it’s very high.”
Perry had offers from Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Bowling Green, Colgate, Georgetown and Notre Texas. He joins a fellow Texan - Austin Lake Travis receiver Cade Green – as commits in the class. Both were recruited by Wisconsin receiver coach Ted Gilmore.
“Watching them run their routes, and when he went over with me the points of emphasis that he teaches them, I feel that adding that on to what I’ve already done, I could become a more talented player than what I already am,” Perry said.
Hosted by sophomore linebacker Chris Orr, a DeSoto alum, on his official visit helped Perry understand the challenges of making the transition to Wisconsin.
“Being with him was great,” Perry said. “I haven’t him in about two years, and he’s still the same positive person he was when he was here. He’s a role model and a leader. He was a big impact, as well.”
Stuck on the depth chart behind some talented players, Perry said he’s waited patiently for his opportunity to shine. In his first year as a starter, Perry has delivered with 31 catches for 578 yards and nine touchdowns for a program that is currently 9-0.
“DeSoto has always had talent, so I had to be patient and wait my time,” Perry said. “I had to trust the process and stay with it. When it was actually my time, I had to make the best of it. Now that I’ve done it, I’m happy. Without my coaching staff and the players, I wouldn’t have made it. They’ve molded me into the player I am today.”