By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
WALNUT – Walnut football standout Shaquille Perry ran for more than 1,197 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in 2009 and although the football season ended more than four months ago Perry is still running – on the recruiting trail.
Perry, a junior with a prototype 6’3”, 200 lbs. frame, is one of the hottest football recruits in the state and has already secured scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Memphis, and the University of South Alabama. That number could increase, as Perry has also received letters of interest from Stanford, Illinois, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Ole Miss.
When asked about what he thinks about all the hoopla involved in recruiting, Perry said he’s enjoying it, but it’s something he never thought he would experience coming from the small town of Walnut.
“Recruiting has been fun, especially taking visits to all the different schools–places I have never been,” said Perry, who will visit Mississippi State again Saturday for Junior Day. “I’m enjoying it, but I never thought schools would find me in Walnut.”
Perry can thank Walnut Head Coach Timmy Moore for getting the word out about the versatile athlete who is drawing comparisons to Walnut native and former NFL running back Michael Haddix. Moore said he made a short highlight
film and sent it to only a few schools, but in the new age of Internet technology, news travels fast.
“It’s been a good experience for both of us, but the interest that he’s received has probably been the most surprising, as far as the wide range of different schools showing interest,” said Moore. “It’s amazing how they can find a small town like this.
“I knew he was good, and I wanted to make sure that people got video on him and things like that. It just goes to show that if you can play they’ll find you.”
Moore added that the offers that Perry currently has and others that he may receive are contingent upon Perry being academically eligible. Moore is confident that will happen, as Perry is scheduled to take his ACT this spring and on track to graduate in May 2011.