Perry attended Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice as a part of the class of 2015, and he was a teammate of quarterback Alex Malzone (who went to Michigan before transferring to Miami-OH). Perry caught 105 passes for 1,727 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He really wanted a Michigan offer, which didn’t like it would come, so he committed to Northwestern in December of 2014. When Jim Harbaugh was hired in late December, he started trying to put together an improved class. Two days before National Signing Day in February, Harbaugh called up Perry and offered him a scholarship, giving him the opportunity to drop the Wildcats in favor of the Wolverines. I gave him a TTB Rating of 71 (LINK).
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Perry wasted no time becoming an impact player in 2015, becoming a prime target for grad transfer quarterback Jake Rudock in game one against Utah. He caught 3 passes for 41 yards in that game, but he also made some freshman mistakes, leading to some turnovers that were statistically attributed to Rudock. He made 14 catches for 128 yards and 1 score that year. He followed that up with 13 catches for 183 yards and 1 score in 2016, and then he became Michigan’s leading receiver (in a very poor passing year overall) in 2017 with 25 catches for 307 yards and 1 touchdown. As a senior in 2018, he made 20 catches for 147 yards, his lowest yards per catch in his career (7.3).
72 catches for 765 yards (10.6 yards/catch) 3 TD
1/1 passing for 12 yards
1 blocked punt return for 1 TD
Perry had a perfectly just fine career at Michigan for the past four years. He was between 13 and 25 catches every year, and he scored 1, 1, 1, and 0 receiving touchdowns in that span. He played in 47 games and started four of them. There was nothing really spectacular about his career, but he was a dependable route runner and only dropped a couple passes total. He had a couple important performances, such as his 54-yard catch-and-run and punt block touchdown against Colorado in 2016 and a 33-yard touchdown against Cincinnati that year to help Michigan pull away in what was a 17-14 game up until that point. Ultimately, the Jim Harbaugh offense wasn’t designed to be kind to slot receivers, and Perry was a solid component on some pretty good teams.
I WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR…
…getting in trouble in East Lansing. All the details don’t need to be rehashed, but Perry created a pretty big stir within the Michigan program (which has largely been devoid of player discipline issues under Harbaugh) when he was arrested in the off-season between 2016 and 2017. It takes a special brand of, uh, I’ll call it “confidence” to go to a bitter rival’s hometown, commit a crime, and then try to escape the police.
I rated Perry as a 71 coming out of high school, which is in the “some NFL draft potential” zone. I don’t think that potential exists at this point. He’s listed at 6’0″, 196 lbs. on Michigan’s roster, and his speed and quickness are nothing special. I suppose stranger things have happened than having an unheralded slot receiver make an impact in the NFL, but I just don’t see it happening with Perry. I would be very surprised if he gets drafted, and I don’t really see him having upside with coming in as an undrafted free agent.
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