The Detroit News is counting down the top 15 players on its list of Blue Chip football recruits. Today: No. 10 Grant Perry of Birmingham Brother Rice.
Grant Perry had one of the best seasons in state history for a receiver during his senior year at Birmingham Brother Rice.
And yet he was passed over by many high-level programs in the Midwest during the recruiting process.
In the end, Perry ended up with an offer he accepted from Northwestern late in the football season, and don't be surprised if he plays his Big Ten career with a chip on his shoulder.
During his senior season Perry hauled in 105 of Alex Malzone's passes for 1,727 yards and 20 TD to help Brother Rice repeat as Catholic League champions.
Perry's receptions were the most in state history for a single season, more than doubling his total (50) of a year ago, when Brother Rice won the Division 2 state championship. His receiving yards ranked second in state history.
Perry led a comeback win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Catholic League final at Ford Field. He caught four TD passes, the final one on a 10-yard toss from Malzone with 24 seconds left to pull his team within 28-27.
Instead of going for the tie to force overtime, Malzone hooked up once again with Perry for the two-point conversion and 29-28 lead. Rice went on to earn a 35-28 victory to push its winning streak to 30 games, but the streak ended at 33 with a loss to eventual state champion and Catholic League rival Warren De La Salle in the regional final.
"The St. Mary's game at Ford Field was definitely the highlight of the season," said Perry, a 6-foot, 185-pounder who had 12 receptions for 201 yards and the school-record four TD catches.
"I think the season went well. Sure, everybody dreams of going on the way out with a bang by winning the state title and that didn't happen, but still it was a great year. I set high goals for myself and I think I overachieved."
Perry, who has 4.5 40 speed, was also outstanding during the Week 6 win over OLSM, which went on to win the Division 3 state championship. He grabbed 14 passes from the Michigan-bound Malzone for 257 yards in the 28-20 win.
Perry also had 16 receptions – second most in state history – in a win over De La Salle during the regular season.
Perry thought he would get more attention from college coaches last offseason after grabbing nine passes in the 2013 Division 2 state championship win over Muskegon, grabbing two for TDs.
"The numbers were great, really, but it was frustrating that I wasn't getting recruited the way I had hoped," said Perry who also received offers from Nevada and several MAC schools. "I felt I was under-recruited, overlooked a lot, and I'm not sure why."
Perry, ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, was thrilled to get an offer from Northwestern and committed in December. He has a 3.3 grade-point average and plans to major in business.
BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 10 Grant Perry, Birmingham Brother Rice (Northwestern)
No. 11 Dior Johnson, Southfield (Wake Forest)
No. 12 Alex Grace, Saginaw Swan Valley (Western Michigan)
No. 13 John Keenoy, East Kentwood (Western Michigan)
No. 14 Cole Chewins, Clarkston (Michigan State)
No. 15 Mike Danna, Warren De La Salle (Central Michigan)