Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- Over the weekend, 2022 4-star DT Khurtiss Perry (Montgomery, Ala.) out of Park Crossing High School announced on his Twitter account that he has received a scholarship offer from the Wisconsin Badgers. The native of Alabama is a high priority for both Auburn and Alabama and it looks like it’ll be hard for anyone to get him out of the state as he is listed as “warm” for the two in-state powers and Bud Elliott has already put in a Crystal Ball for the Crimson Tide.
Perry has offers from 11 SEC schools, Texas, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Miami (Fla.) and plenty of other schools besides the Badgers. To be perfectly honest, this seems like an offer that Wisconsin made just to show other recruits that they are insistent on finding a high-end DT recruit in the 2022 cycle.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 267ish pounds, Perry has some room to add bulk to stand up to the pounding he’d take on the defensive line in the SEC or Big Ten. The 247Composite has him rated as a 4-star and the No. 64 player in the country, the No. 6 DT in the country and the No. 3 player in Alabama.
I don’t know who Perry’s ancestors are but I’m pretty sure at least one of them was a wizard or telepathic or something because on plays where he is assigned to rush the passer, Perry is so quick off the line of scrimmage he is past the offensive lineman assigned to block him before dude is even out of his stance.
Perry lines up at DE/OLB/EDGE far more than at DT in his highlight video above so it’s interesting that both major recruiting sites list him as a DT. You can definitely see him there at the next level but, as mentioned above, he’ll need to add a bunch of weight without sacrificing his quickness. He also isn’t as long or tall as you’d like to see for a 3-4 DE, but as a run stopping OLB? I could see that.
Lastly, in a completely unfair maneuver, it appears that his team uses him as a short-yardage battering ram. Just cruel if you ask me.
His MaxPrep stats are absolutely bonkers. For his sophomore season (2019) he is listed as recording 151 total tackles (64 solo), 13 TFL, 11 sacks, 24 QB hurries, one INT, two FF, one FR and two blocked kicks.