Hebron Christian junior athlete Ja’Leak Perry is Week 1’s winner for Top Play. The 2019 recruit received overwhelming support for his spectacular kick return during last weekend’s opening game against East Jackson.
Perry fielded the kickoff on the 10 yard line, and immediately took off sprinting down field. About halfway through his run, he made a jaw-dropping cut between two defenders, and then he showed off his jets down the sideline and ran away from the coverage. He showcased a lot of the attributes you want in a major college recruit, so we were eager to learn more about the Hebron Christian student-athlete.
“I had a really great offseason. I’ve been working on my game a lot and I think where I have improved the most on my game is my strength. I’ve been hitting the weights hard,” Perry said
Perry believes he can assist a college team in a number of ways, but believes certain parts to his game shine the brightest. “My biggest strength is my speed and athleticism. I am also a lock down defender and believe I can cover anybody that is lined up against me. I will also come up and make the tackle. I can play anywhere on the football field.”
The Hebron Christian athletic cornerback has a long running stride, and demonstrates really good hustle moving across the field while pursuing the ball carrier. He displays good ball skills, which is very similar to a player he tailors his game after.
“I model my game after Tyrann Mathieu, the safety for the Arizona Cardinals. He’s is not the biggest on the field, but he plays fast, and physical, and that’s how I have to be on the field,” Perry said.
Over the last 6 months Perry has only visited Florida, which was back in April. This upcoming fall he is planning on taking a lot of visits and become more familiar with the college recruiting process.
Perry’s Hebron Christian team just entered our Top 10 for Class A Private. The team is loaded with young talent across the board, and looks to be an emerging program under head coach Jeff Saturday.
Now that the 2019 recruit is officially halfway through high school, we asked him what is his favorite part about playing football on Friday nights. “My favorite part about playing the game is just going out and making plays and making my teammates proud. I love the game of football and hope I’ll have many years of playing the game ahead.”
Perry has certainly made a jump from his sophomore year to junior year and that is evident just in his first game. We are expecting many more electrifying plays coming from the 2019 recruit, so stay tuned to @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on the dynamic athlete. Also be sure click HERE and visit his Recruit Georgia profile.