DODGE CITY, Kan. — If Koby Perry sounds like getting three college scholarship offers in one day isn’t a big deal and holding 13 total is small potatoes, don’t believe what you hear.
The former Alcovy safety and current Dodge City Community College standout racked up a trio of Division I overtures Wednesday, from South Alabama, UT-Martin and Tennessee Tech.
Throw those in the pile with the likes of Chattanooga, Bowling Green, UMASS, Kennesaw State and Middle Tennessee State, and Perry can rejoice in knowing that he’s all but guaranteed an opportunity to play NCAA Division I football once his time at the Kansas JUCO is over.
But when you talk to him, you can tell he’s got other things on his mind rather than reading his own press clippings about his future potential.
“I’ve had a good first half of the season, I guess,” said Perry when addressing why he’s seen the recent surge in recruiting attention. “It’s not been the best, but it was good. It’s been kind of tough because we’re 3-4 right now. First two games we lost. I guess schools have really been recognizing my talent lately. But I’m still not playing like I want to play. I just want to get better to help my team win.”
So far, Perry is his team’s leading tackler. He’s also got an interception and several pass breakups. But driving him more than accumulating more buzz on the recruiting trail is his desire to win.
“It’s kinda like I’m excited, but not too excited,” he said. “I always knew days like this would come, so now it’s like I’m so focused on finishing school, graduating in December and being the best player for my team. Coaches will ask me who’s number one on my list and all that, but there is no number one because that’s not my focus. (The attention) is there and I respect it, but I just want to win.”
In fact, that’s one of the top things on Perry’s wish list when it comes to choosing a school when the December signing period rolls around. He gave a list of four major things he wants out of his next place to play, and going to a winning program was high on the list.
“I really do want to go somewhere and win, like really win,” he said. “In high school, and my first year here, there hasn’t been too much winning. I’m not used to winning a lot. I’m not throwing shots at my teams or anything like that. But I just have a hunger for winning, like I want to play for a winner bad.”
But other things matter as well, such as being at a school where he feels he can continue his classroom success. Perry currently has a 3.3 grade point average and wants to continue majoring in sports medicine.
“The education is going to be first, of course,” he said. “If football don’t work out as a professional career, I want to major in something that will let me stick around the game when I’m done playing. I also want a place where I’ve got good coaches who can help me take my game to another level where I might have that potential shot at the NFL. And then being somewhere family oriented is important also.”
There is one offer from Wednesday that seemed to pique Perry’s interest the most, though.
“I was very excited about the South Alabama offer,” he said. “It was just the way the coaches were telling me how they think I can fit in. They explained their defense, what the safety is doing, like how one safety might be in man and the other one might be rolling. They see me in those positions. It’s something I like doing and something I’m already doing.”