IMG Academy has so many big time prospects this year that a player like Spencer Perry could get lost in the shuffle in terms of publicity, even though he is already committed to the University of Florida.
He’s a hitter that makes an impact on contact and is one of the more physically impressive safety prospects in this recruiting class.
Perry has been listed heavier than 195 in some places and he looks it. He has the frame to possibly get into the 220 range while at college. He has solid speed, but isn’t as fluid as you would hope. There is some tightness when he opens up.
Perry is an absolute thumper in the run game. He is big and tackles big. When he hits, he goes through his opponent. He tracks down ball carriers well, but he needs to improve his reads. He isn’t the most instinctual player and is often late reacting to when a runner bounces it outside or adjusts his path. He is too concentrated on looking in the backfield and not seeing what is going on with the line in front of him.
I see a little bit of that late recognition with him in zone coverage as well. He will come downhill and punish a receiver after the catch, but breaks on the ball a little late because he doesn’t see the route or the quarterback about to release the football.
He is a little bit high in his backpedal, which isn’t uncommon for a player his height. There is some tightness in his transitions and I think he may struggle if asked to cover explosive players out of the slot. He’s a much better match with tight ends or bigger receivers.
He’s a true strong safety that is probably best suited to play in the box. Right now he doesn’t show the range or instincts to play as a deep safety. He may actually grow into being an outside linebacker.
I like the physical way Perry plays football and think he could end up being a great piece to a defense as an in the box player, but is probably limited to that based on the film I saw. He has the tools to make an impact in that role, though, and become a starter in someone’s secondary or possibly their linebacking core during his college career.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).