2021 Season Countdown: #53 Jalen Perry

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19Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #53 Jalen Perry

Jalen Perry (image via Michigan Daily)

Name: Jalen Perry
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
185 lbs.
High school:
Dacula (GA) Dacula
Position:
Safety
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

24Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #51 Jalen Perry

Jalen Perry (image via The Michigan Daily)

Name: Jalen Perry
Height: 
6’0″
Weight: 
190 lbs.
High school: 
Dacula (GA) Dacula
Position: 
Cornerback
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

15Aug 2019
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Final TTB Ratings for 2019

Daxton Hill

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I know it’s a little bit late in the game, but back in the spring, I didn’t have time to review all the senior film for Michigan’s 2019 signees and give them updated TTB Ratings. I did that during the 2019 Season Countdown, so here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2019.

S Daxton Hill: 100
He’s the best safety in the class, though it’s an unimpressive safety class overall.

RB Zach Charbonnet: 83 90
As long as he can get/stay healthy, Charbonnet has the potential to be a high draft pick in the future.

DT Chris Hinton, Jr.: 90
He should be an early contributor with high long-term upside.

Hit the jump for more.

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26Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #66 Jalen Perry

Jalen Perry (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Name: Jalen Perry
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
185 lbs.
High school:
Dacula (GA) Dacula
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Perry was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 28 tackles, 3 interceptions (1 TD), and 12 pass breakups; he ran 42 times for 332 yards and caught 26 passes for 297 yards, totaling 5 touchdowns.
TTB Rating:
88

Perry, a one-time Georgia commit, picked the Wolverines in November of 2018. I never had the time to do a commitment post on him, since it was near the end of football season, and then the holidays happened, etc. So this might be the first you’ve read any kind of assessment of him from me.

Anyway, I like Perry a good amount. He has size, speed, athleticism, physicality, ball skills, and all the things you want from a cornerback prospect. Considering Michigan’s track record of developing cornerbacks over the past several years, good things are likely to happen. This season it will be tough to get on the field much, because Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas are the starters. But a year from now, Perry should be pushing for playing time, and I think the coaching staff will start to get his feet wet this fall.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

30Nov 2018
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Who’s enrolling early?

Zach Charbonnet

Here’s a list of 2019 players who are expected to enroll at Michigan in January:

TE Erick All
RB Zach Charbonnet
RB Eric Gray
QB Cade McNamara
DE Gabe Newburg
DE David Ojabo
CB Jalen Perry
ATH Mike Sainristil
DT Mazi Smith
OT Jack Stewart