Name: Jalen Perry
Weight: 185 lbs.
High school: Dacula (GA) Dacula
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #16
Last year: I ranked Perry #51 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He played in three games and made 1 tackle.
TTB Rating: 88
Perry had a rough introduction to college football in 2020. When Michigan’s corners were completely ineffective and getting abused against Michigan State, he was one of the items thrown against the wall to see what sticks – and he was promptly called for pass interference on the first play of his career:
Unfortunately, it got worse from there.
With no personal insight into the psyche of Jalen Perry, I have no idea how much that series of events in his college debut has affected him going forward. I thought he would be a pretty good college player, but he has yet to show that will be the case. He was never an athlete that had wow-level physical skills, so the weight room and his technique are going to be important.
Word out of spring camp was that Perry had moved to safety, which I think he can also play. He could be a serious option to play there in 2022, but right now the Wolverines have two players who are probably in their final year of college (Brad Hawkins, Daxton Hill). Perry would be fighting for backup reps with the likes of Makari Paige, R.J. Moten, and others to potentially replace Hawkins and Hill next year.
Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer