July 12, 2011
Perry fired up for senior season
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While recruiting fans all over the nation are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their school's next recruiting class, the class of 2012 still have their senior seasons left to play. For Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy linebacker Josh Perry, one of the first milestones for his senior year was reached on Saturday as his team participated in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association State 7-on-7 Passing Tournament. The tournament gave the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Ohio State commit his first opportunity to get some work in between the lines.
"Today for us was all about taking reps," Perry said. "I know a lot of teams out here have been doing 7-on-7's and even some have done their team camps. This is really our first time out here, we wanted to take as many reps as possible and make sure everybody gets better. We were asking questions along the way and we got some good coaching out here. For our first experience in 7-on-7's this summer, I thought it was really good."
As one of the more versatile athletes in Ohio, it's no surprise that Perry saw himself lined up at a variety of different spots on Saturday. This fall should bring more of the same as Perry stars on both sides of the football.
"Yeah, I think so," Perry said, when asked if he expected to move around a lot. "It's something I'm used to and wherever coach wants me to play, that's where I'll go. I'm out here to help the team win games."
The Braves narrowly missed the playoffs last season with a 6-4 record and have since moved up to Ohio's biggest classification, division I. Still, with Perry and some other key contributors returning, expectations are high.
"They're really high," he said. "We've got hard workers and we still have team camp, all two-a-day's, 7-on-7's, and scrimmages to go. I think we can make some great improvements. We have a lot of guys with talent and potential that are hard workers so that's a good combination."
The big news this week in the world of Ohio State football was the self imposed sanctions the school placed on itself. While the NCAA has yet to make a final ruling, Perry thinks the self imposed sanctions were a necessary step in the process.
"You don't want to hear that, but it was the right thing to do," Perry said. "I say that because it shows that Ohio State is trying to correct its own problems. Also, I think it will help with what the NCAA does because they realize what Ohio State is doing by doing that. Overall, I think it will be beneficial."
Much of Perry's attention right now is on his senior football season but that hasn't stopped him from doing what he can to help fill out the 2012 recruiting class.
"You just get in their ears," Perry said. "You get on Facebook or whatever and message them and just say Ohio State is Ohio State. It's a great place to be and that's all that you can really tell them. You can't make up their mind 100-percent, you just tell them about the great tradition, great football, and great coaching staff."
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