Perry signs letter of intent with Ashland
By Thomas Wampler Jobe Publishing Regional Sports
Devon Perry (2nd from left seated) is all smiles as he prepares to sign his letter of intent to play collegiate football at Ashland University a division II college located in Ashland, Ohio. Also pictured are his family members Lisa Perry, Cecile Perry, Madison Perry and Coach Justin Hatchett.
Devon Perry was all smiles last Wednesday morning at Caverna High School as he prepares to sign his letter of intent to play collegiate football at Ashland University, a division II college located in Ashland, Ohio.
Perry has lived in Hart County his entire life and began playing football in the 3rd grade. “I thought that I would pursue track in college-that was my first love-but after I had as pretty good junior year in football, I started thinking that might be the route I’d take,” Perry said.
He says the decision to attend Ashland was an easy one after he visited the school. “I fell in love with Ashland once I got there,” Perry continued. “It is a larger D-II school but has that small school feel. I thought it was the perfect fit for me.”
He recently attended their spring football game and that only served to strengthen his earlier decision. Perry said the Eagles won their conference championship last season. In the final D2Football.com Top 25 poll for the 2015 season, the Eagles were ranked No. 10.
Going to a winning program appealed to Perry, something he did not experience in high school. “Having the turnover at the head coaching position while you are in high school is not what you want but we
didn’t focus on that as players,” Perry said, “We just concentrated on working hard and doing the best that we could for our school, our team and our teammates.”
Perry said, “Even if you do have 4 coaches in 4 years, you can’t let that stop you from being who you are supposed to be.” He cited as his enduring strength the faith to keep working through “God’s will.”
“You have to have strong faith,” said Perry.
That faith was founded at home. Perry credits his family, friends, teachers, coaches and teammates with the support he received that help keep him faithful even when he wasn’t sure what “God had in store for him.”
Perry played defensive back and wide receiver for the Colonels and is being recruited as a wide-out. “I am excited about going and I know it will be a challenge to compete at that level,” Perry concluded. “I am going to work hard, train hard and get an education. As much as I love football, I am going to take advantage of this opportunity God has given me.”