Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
The Hoosiers are once again looking south for talent, this time targeting safety Spencer Perry. The versatile athlete announced Sunday evening via his twitter account that he had received an offer from the Hoosiers.
Perry's recruitment has turned up a notch recently, adding offers from Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Vanderbilt, South Alabama, Memphis, and Southern Miss during the last week of February to go along with an offer he received from Mississippi State in late January.
During his junior season at Alabama's Auburn High School he recorded 34 tackles, including three tackles for a loss. Perry has since transferred to Bradenton, Florida's IMG Academy. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Luke Kuechly and former Hoosier Rodger Saffold, among numerous others, have spent time training at the academy.
Currently most recruiting websites are predicting he'll end up back in Auburn for college, and after his glowing endorsements of the Tiger's new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, it's hard to argue differently. "I truly believe Muschamp is one of the few defensive masterminds in college football," Perry said in an interview with Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue. "He's a genius on that side of the ball and understands how to put his players in position to dominate. It's the kind of defense you want to be a part of in the next few years."
The three-star's rare combination of size 6-foot 3, 200 pounds, and athleticism have safety coaches and defensive coordinators across the nation salivating. "Pretty much every coach tells me that my size and athleticism make me different than a lot of other top safeties, "Perry told Dononue, "They say I'm 6'3", 200 pounds but move like I'm 5'11". 160 pounds when I react to the ball. I understand how to use my body when I hit people. Some players go too low or too high on tackles. I fire through full force with my head forward." Perry shows off his physicality and that he's quick to read and react in his Hudl highlight tape.
Perry is the No. 28 player at safety in his class and the No. 11 player in the state of Alabama according to Rivals. While his offer list currently sits at nine, expect that number to grow as his stock continues to rise.