Player Profile: Ragin’ Cajuns DL Kevon Perry Making Family Proud
When it comes to football, it's all about family for Ragin' Cajuns junior defensive lineman Kevon Perry.
Perry, a junior college transfer who played his high school ball in Buffalo, reminds himself all the time that he's setting an example for his five brothers and trying to make his family proud.
"I'm playing for my family. I'm not going to say we grew up in poverty, but almost there. We were in a bad neighborhood and everything, and I want to give my little brothers out of there," Perry said. "My dad told me everyday, I set the path for my little brothers."
Perry's little brothers play football as well back in Buffalo, and Perry's success is helping get them attention from Division-I schools.
His football career started at a young age, and again, it started because of his family.
"I've been playing football since I was six. My dad really got me into it," Perry remembered. "I loved playing it and after a while, my name starting getting big in Buffalo, and I got nicknamed 'Bruiser,' and that stuck with me until I got here."
"Bruiser's" high school didn't have a football team, so he had to play for a different schools. He said his first two years of high school football were a struggle, but he started picking up steam when he played for a different team, right down the street from where he went to school.
His senior year, he collected 86 tackles and led a defense that didn't get scored on during the regular season. He thought he was going to get a state championship ring, but even though his team got knocked out in the second round of the playoffs, he earned the attention from some college programs all across the country.
"My name wasn't really out there until my senior year, so my last year I had a whole lot of Division III's coming after me," Perry said. "I was going to settle, but my Dad pulled me to the side and said, 'You can reach higher than what you're going for.'"
Perry listened to his dad and decided to go play junior college ball out in California. From that point, Division-I programs started paying attention, and he ended up coming to Louisiana to play for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Get to know Perry better with Scott Prather's player profile segment. One thing is certain, he's making his family proud.