He may not have a 4 or 5-star rating to boast, but there’s no doubt that Ntwademela Sankofa Perry is the most interesting recruit of Rutgers’ Class of 2014.
That’s because the South African-native hasn’t played a down of organized high school football in his life.
According to NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt, Perry impressed coaches during Rutgers camp back in June. So much so, that they offered the 16-year-old a preferred walk-on opportunity with the Scarlet Knights.
While accepting the offer was a no-brainer, there’s still a waiting process the parties must go through.
“Right now, I’m just waiting for the NCAA to tell me that I’m eligible,” he told Hunt. “I just sent in my transcripts and I’m waiting for admissions to get the okay from Rutgers…because I just gave them my SAT scores and they were just waiting on that.”
If all goes well, Perry hopes to join the team in the spring of 2014.
At 6-3 and 190 pounds, he certainly has the height and build to thrive at the sport. Not to mention, per Hunt, Perry also claims a 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed.
Does Perry have what it takes to succeed at the Div. 1 level?
So why has he never starred on the gridiron until now?
Well, quite simply, football isn’t played in South Africa. American football that is.
However, he certainly has football in his blood. His father, Edwin Carl Perry, played defense for West Virginia during the 1980’s.
But what’s been most impressive about Perry is his drive.
After taking part in multiple college camps over the summer of 2012, he received offers from several schools around the country. Unfortunately, given his inexperience, no FBS school extended a tender.
But that hasn’t discouraged Perry, who would rather play at the highest level than accept the free ride.
"Rutgers is my preference of where I want to go," he said. "I have offers from many Division II schools, Division III. I'd like to go to Rutgers on scholarship, but I know my situation. I understand that they need to learn more about me because I don't have any high school tape. It would be hard for them to make a decision on a scholarship for me because of that.
"So, I understand why they gave me the preferred walk-on opportunity, and I'm grateful for that. But I believe I can earn a scholarship from Rutgers."
Perry is slated to graduate from Star College High School (Durban West Village, South Africa) in December.
His addition would greatly benefit a Scarlet Knights’ receiving corps that doesn’t have a single player over 300 yards of receiving through eight weeks. In fact, other than sophomore Leonte Carroo (16 receptions, 297 yards, 7 touchdowns), no other receiver has more than three touchdown grabs.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes and information were obtained from NJ.com's Todderick Hunt
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