Former Glenwood defensive end Aldryk Perry signed a letter of intent on Monday to play at Syracuse University in the fall.
Perry was uncommitted until recently, receiving an offer from the Orange on March 22. After receiving the offer, he took a visit and determined it was the best option for him.
“They contacted me right before spring break,” he said. “I liked it, so I just decided it was the right place to continue my career there.”
Perry, who finished the season with 39 tackles, 12 for loss, and six sacks, said that he wasn’t given an indication of whether he would play much right away but that he will be learning a new position in college (outside linebacker).
“All I know right now is that they’re giving me a chance,” he said. “Now, I need to work hard to prove I can help them win games.”
That was something Perry did while a member of the Gators.
The team ultimately fell short of its goals in 2012, but did win an Alabama Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship in 2011, Perry’s junior season.
While football is certainly a focus for the 6-foot-1 defenseman, Perry and his family said this scholarship is like lottery ticket for a great education. Perry, who plans to major in communications, said that the school’s educational prowess, particularly in that field, is a major blessing.
“A degree from Syracuse is worth a lot,” he said.
Perry wasn’t entirely sure of his schedule and when he would begin his time at Syracuse, but he knows the day is rapidly approaching. For now, he’s just trying to finish out his senior year of high school before he turns all of his attention to college.
He said he’s excited and ready to get to work when that day comes.
“No nerves,” he said. “I’m just excited.”
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