Grant Perry's recruiting process has heated up over the course of the past few weeks. The 2015 wide receiver from Brother Rice High in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has picked up four offers since the beginning of May, including an offer from Kent State Tuesday afternoon.
"It felt really good, I wasn't expecting it," Perry told Hustle Belt shortly after receiving his offer. "They really started picking up my mind after Sound Mind Sound Body [camp]. Coach Rock [Kent State's offensive coordinator] really liked me there. He said I'm one of the most fundamentally sound technique receivers he's ever seen, and I figure that was the turning point, when they really started gaining interest."
Perry turned a lot of heads during that weekend in Detroit from June 12-13. He earned the "game ball" for the camp, having arguably the best performance out of all the prospects in attendance. The 6-foot, 185 pound receiver showed off his near flawless route running, and ability to force separation from defensive backs, earning praise from fellow prospects and scouts alike. Working against some high caliber defensive backs at that camp, and others, Perry has been able to drum up interest while improving his abilities.
"I'm not a 4.2, 4.3 guy, not the fastest guy on the field; but with separation you can outbeat a defensive back," Perry said of what makes him such a unique talent. "I watch Wes Welker, and he's not the biggest or strongest guy, but he uses his technique to get himself open, and that's why he's excelling at the next level."
He's not flashy, exceptionally fast, or prone to making jaw-dropping plays, but Perry is a technician by every definition. Someone who goes about perfecting his routes, and follows them through every time, exposing flaws in defensive back's game. It's no wonder then that in an offensive-focused league such as the MAC where overlooked players excel, so many teams have offered the 3-star (247Sports Composite) receiver.
He currently holds offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and now Kent State. He's also receiving interest from Bowling Green, NIU, Toledo and Western Michigan as well as several Power 5 programs.
Perry isn't rushing the decision though. He says he plans to take his time, absorb everything and decide in the fall. As for what a school needs to have to eventually earn his commitment, Perry's needs are clear.
"Academics is first," he said. " Then it's just how I fit in ... do I feel comfortable at the campus? Am I going to be able to stay here for the next four years and prosper? Then it comes down to playing time, when and where I will play, what kind of offense they run, stuff like that."
As for his plans now that he's added an offer from the Golden Flashes, Perry says he hopes to get out to their campus soon and take a visit, along with hopefully visiting Buffalo. He visited Ball State over the weekend, and says he was impressed with the coaches and the campus, but doesn't currently have any favorites.
"It's a blessing to be able to have these opportunities, and schools to visit," he added. "It's a good time."
Check out Perry's highlights, courtesy of Hudl: