The Midwest is loaded with top defensive tackle prospects in the class of 2012, but the region also features several sleepers who could emerge this summer as strong BCS offer candidates. Capac, Mich., defensive tackle Dakota Perry is one of those prospects.
The 6-3, 310-pound Perry has been hearing regularly from Indiana, Ball State, Illinois, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but still awaits his first offer.
"It's kind of slowed down, but I've gotten a lot of stuff from Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Notre Dame," Perry said. "I've gotten a few letters from Central [Michigan] and I'm going down to their junior day.
Perry grew up a Michigan fan and attended nearly all of the Wolverines' home games last fall, but that was while Rich Rodriguez was the head coach of the Wolverines.
"I'm not really sure with the new head coach. I still like them, but I have not a chance to talk with them. They are still one of my favorite schools and I always grew up watching Michigan.
Perry's athleticism allowed him to play tight end and defensive end as a junior. He recorded three sacks on defense and is likely headed to that side of the football in college.
"Most of the places I have been camping for defensive tackle," Perry said.
Since the end of his senior season, Perry has been focused on weight training and now boasts a bench press max of 325 and a squat max of 480. He is now starting to transition into track season.