Although it's still very early in the recruiting process, many feel Reserve (La.) East St. John quarterback Ryan Perrilloux is the top signal caller in the country. According to East St. John head coach Larry Dauterive, three schools currently stand out for the All-American athlete.
Perrilloux, 6-3, 210 pounds will be one of the nation's most heavily recruited players next year regardless of position. As a junior, the quarterback completed 10- 209 passes for 2,404 yards with 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions while rushing for 1,274 yards and 21 more scores on 136 carries to earn Class 5A All-State, Rivals.com and Student Sports Junior All-American honors.
Perrilloux is also a tremendous basketball player who has averaged over 25 points per game each of the past two seasons. He claims 4.5 speed in the 40 and while he appears to be more like 4.6 or 4.7 on film, he is a slippery runner who’s just plain savvy with the ball in his hands and has plus arm strength and accuracy.
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With all the recent talk of recruiting visits being a little over the top, one thing we've heard proposed is allowing players to take just three official trips rather than the five they're currently allowed. The reasoning in that is players parents could then be flown in at the schools expense to help keep the prospective recruits under control.
"If Ryan were to schedule his three trips right now, they would be USC, Ohio State and Texas," Coach Dauterive said. "All three have offered him and all three make a lot of sense for Ryan. He's still looking at a number of schools including LSU, Florida State and several others. Right now he has offers from all of those schools plus Florida, Nebraska, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Michigan, Michigan State, Auburn, Tennessee, Tulane, Texas A&M and South Carolina."
As for picking a school, one thing is very important to Perrilloux.
"The primary factor for me will be early playing time," Perrilloux said. "I want to play early and I'm looking for a school that will give me that opportunity. This summer, I'm planning to camp at LSU, Texas and Florida State and will also attend the Nike camp at LSU in May."
Assuming he shows up well at the Nike Camp, Perrilloux has a great chance to be selected for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback camp in Southern CA in July.