August 17, 2009

Perry, Prattville look to defend title

After a phenomenal junior season, Prattville safety Nick Perry quickly became one of the most sought-after defensive back prospects in the nation. This Friday, Perry and his Prattville teammates begin their quest to defend their state title and is experience is any indicator, the Lions are in good shape for 2009.

"We start our season this Friday. Practice has been really good. Our defense picked up right where we left off last season and I think we're going to be a really tough defense," said Perry, who currently stands at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. "I definitely think we can win state again. Most of our starters are seniors so this is a team that knows what it's like to win a championship and we'll be hungry for it again all season long."

After committing to Alabama in early April, Perry spent the majority of his summer training and working to improve his already impressive speed and strength. In the off-season, Perry says he has improved his forty time to 4.49 as well as posting a 290-pound bench press and a 530-pound squat.

"I really want to use this season to improve myself all around from my understanding of defense to my technique to my speed and strength. I want to be a better, stronger and faster football player when I get to Alabama than I am now and that's going to take a lot of work."

One thing Perry won't be focused on this fall is recruiting, as Perry's early and firm commitment to the Tide appears to have ended any further recruiting efforts by other schools.

"Nobody is really calling me anymore. That stopped once I told them I was going to Alabama. I didn't really leave it open for debate. I know where I'm going and I'm done with the recruiting process. I still get letters from time to time but the phone calls have stopped."

While Perry is focused on his senior season, he is looking forward to his career at Alabama where he hopes to enjoy the same level of success he's had at the high school level.

"I talk to Demarcus Milliner pretty often a good bit. He's not far from where I live. We're both pretty excited about how our class is shaping up. It should be another really strong group," said Perry.

"I couldn't be more solid to Alabama. I've always wanted to go to Alabama my entire life so it's a dream come true to get a chance to play there. There are a lot of great schools out there with a lot to offer but there was only ever one place for me and that's Alabama."

Perry and the Prattville Lions open their season this Friday on the road to face Carver.

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