All-District quarterback LaDavious Perry of Arcadia, La., a big prospect at 6-2, 180, has committed to Grambling just days after the news broke that No. 2 passer J.P. Tillman has apparently transferred out of the program.
Perry, recruited by GSU defensive coordinator Clifford Yoshida, said he had no family ties to the historically black college program just to the east on Interstate 20: “I began to notice them because they were always winning,” Perry told me on Monday. “If you want to win a championship, that’s the place to go.”
Perry led his Arcadia team to the second round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs last season, throwing for 2,800 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added 6 rushing scores in 2008. As a junior, Perry threw for more than 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns at the Bienville Parish-based high school.
He would be signing on behind presumptive starter Greg Dillon, who earned most-valuable player honors in the season-ending Bayou Classic and SWAC Championship games, as well as Rayville, La., redshirt standout Justin Higgins.
Perry said he was open to any role his new coaches drew up at Grambling: “I’m willing to do whatever I can do. I just want to make the most of it on offense.”
Grambling Lab products will remember Perry dismantling the Kittens last season, throwing for three touchdown passes and running for another in the 55-0 District 3-1A victory.
He was part of a group of prospects, including fellow north Louisiana commitment Cedric Goins of Richwood, who visited campus last weekend.