Before National Signing Day, the Westbury Christian athletic program in Houston had one of the most famous big men on campus.
Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA star Charlie Ward is the head football coach at Westbury Christian and casts a long shadow.
Well, 6-foot-6 athlete Kevin Perry stepped out of that shadow on Signing Day, signing with the University of Texas-El Paso.
"He's been going back and forth between football and basketball until he took an official visit to UTEP in January," Ward said. "That changed a lot."
Perry was a TAPPS all-state selection as a defensive end in high school, but projects as a hybrid tight end/receiver at the next level.
"He's a big, athletic kid who can run," Ward said. "He's learning how to run routes but he can already go up and get the ball. He has a great knack of making plays and has a tremendous upside. Once he concentrates on one sport he's going to take off. One thing about him is that he's very competitive."
Perry will get a good look at his new teammate quarterback Andy McCloud of The Woodlands High School, who will be throwing to him during the Space City Classic All-Star game in weeks to come.