Walnut’s Perry Commits to Bulldogs

Shaquille Perry, the 2010 Daily Journal Offensive Player of the Year, has committed to Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back and safety put up gaudy numbers for Walnut this past season: He rushed for 2,188 yards on 188 carries (11.6 yards per carry) and 37 touchdowns; he caught 16 passes for 311 yards and three TDs; he returned two kickoffs for scores; he made 58 tackles; and he averaged 35.2 yards per punt.

Perry also had offers from Southern Miss, Memphis and South Alabama.

Perry will go to Northeast Mississippi Community College for a year-and-a-half, Moore said, and then enroll at MSU for the 2013 spring semester, which will allow him to go through spring drills that year. Perry said he’s making a visit to Starkville on Jan. 28.

“It’s a good school,” he said of MSU. “They’ve got good coaches, had a good season this year. Me and my momma made the decision she wanted me to go over there.”

Bulldog blood runs in the family. Perry’s half-brother, Pig Prather, played for MSU from 1998-2001, and cousin Michael Haddix (1979-82) was a two-time All-SEC pick and is fifth on the school’s career rushing list (2,558 yards).

“My cousin and my brother made it, so I’ll try my best to make it up there to make my brother happy, because he wanted me to go up there,” said Perry.

He said Prather, who played his high school ball at Falkner, has been urging him to give MSU a shot.

“Like every day he kept asking me what school was I going to sign to. He told me I need to go to Mississippi State, because they’ll take care of me.”

Perry’s addition gives MSU 23 commitments in its 2011 class. Signing day is Feb. 2, two weeks from today.

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