“Coach [James] Randall was very welcoming and seemed like he was looking for winners in baseball,” Perry said. “They are a winning program and amazing academic program. Education came first; that drew me there. They represent themselves very well.”
For the Panthers, Perry will be expected to pitch and play in the outfield just like he did at Tucker.
“Coach Randall likes the way I hit,” Perry said. “My junior year I hit .456 and my senior year I hit .400 before the playoffs and .375 after so he wants me for pitching, hitting and the outfield.”
However, Perry understands this next step will be a process.
“I know I will have to work my way to being a starter again because I know I have to start from the bottom but I can work my way up,” Perry said.
As far as preparation, Perry has been doing pushups, sit-ups and running on a daily basis, while throwing and hitting at the batting cage. He also played with the East Cobb Twins.
“I just work until I get too tired to do anymore but then I keep working because most of your work comes from when you are tired,” said Perry. “If you are on the field and you are tired that is when you got to try to push yourself. If you work when you are tired then you will be able to do it in the game.”
Last season, Perry helped the Tigers reach the playoffs, while driving in 17 runs and compiling a 3.99 ERA with 46 strikeouts.
“I believe the coaches are going to keep the program going in the right direction,” Perry said.