ILLINOIS ELITE FOOTBALL

Perry Is Preparing For a 4-Peat

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 06/01/2014

Birmingham Brother Rice has a long tradition of being a winning football program and producing true student-athletes. The Warriors have won three straight Division 2 State Championships and are looking for a fourth in 2014. Their 2015 class is trying to make history at Brother Rice by winning a state championship each of the four years of their high school career. One of the Warriors top returning players that will help them try and achieve this goal is Grant Perry.

Perry will be a three year starter for the Warriors and he shared his thoughts on the success of the program. “Winning 3 state championships is a dream come true, not a lot of teams can say they've done that. It still amazes me that every year at Brother Rice for me has ended in a state title. Our main goal going into the 2013 season was to send coach Fracassa out on top! We weren't going to let anything stop us from doing that! It just means the world that we sent him out on top.”

Perry has had a lot of success of his own, picking up 4 Division 1 scholarship offers so far this off-season. He has offers from Central Michigan, Ball State, Buffalo, and Eastern Michigan. Perry is also getting recruited by Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Purdue.

Perry is a two way athlete that will be rated one of the top overall players in the class of 2015 when the pre-season rankings come out this summer. “My strengths on the field would have to be my playmaking ability, speed, and knowledge of the game while it's happening,” said Perry.

Perry caught 57 passes for 852 yards and 6 touchdowns last year. He also had 225 yards as a return man on special teams. He had 38 tackles, 5 pass breakups, and 1 interception as a corner on defense.

Perry is a polished receiver and owes a lot of his success to his dad, Mark Perry, a former college player at Arizona State University. “I don't know where I'd be without him, or if college football would be an option. He's taught me everything I know. He's always on the sideline during my games, and tells me what I did good and bad after the game,” said Perry.

Perry has a big summer planned with college 1 day camps and team workouts. Grant will also compete in the 7v7 National Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida at the end of June. He has been a standout with Michigan Elite the entire off-season in the regional 7v7 tournaments.

Dave Sofran took over for legendary head coach Al Fracassa.Perry gave his thoughts about his new head coach. “Coach Sofran has been a part of the Brother Rice program for 15+ years and he has definitely been Fracassa’s sidekick. If it wasn’t for Coach Sofran, I don't think we would've 3peated. He is ready for the new job, and is already doing a great job at it.”

Perry and his teammates are working hard and are ready to defend their title this football season. “We have a lot of weapons, and we’re looking like a fast explosive team. 4-peat is definitely in our objectives to accomplish. We lost some solid important players, but every team does. It's about working with what you have. We have some great players stepping up and we are looking good so far. Our workouts have been going great as well, always great working as a unit and building team chemistry.”

Grant Perry is a gamer and ready to prove this summer he is a Big 10 caliber player. He and his Brother Rice teammates will open up against Chicago Brother Rice in Week 1 at Wayne State University in the 2014 Prep Kickoff Classic.