Name: Jalen Perry
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Dacula (GA) Dacula
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #3
Last year: I ranked Perry #66 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 88
Perry came into the 2019 season with a decent shot at playing, or so I thought. He was the #201 player in the country at a position where Michigan needed a player or two to step up. Luckily, Michigan mostly avoided injury – after an early illness scare for Ambry Thomas – so Michigan’s backup corners weren’t tested much, outside of Vincent Gray.
Now Lavert Hill has graduated, and the #3 cornerback spot is wide open after Thomas and Gray. Perry has a chance, along with D.J. Turner II, Gemon Green, Darion Green-Warren, and others. Perry has the skills to compete, but the freshman practice hype was non-existent for him. It will be important for Michigan to not only get contributions from a third cornerback, but also to groom someone for 2021 after Ambry Thomas graduates. I expect Perry to be mired on the bench this season, but I do think his size and skill could present some healthy competition for other guys.
Prediction: Backup cornerback
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