One of the area’s top 2024 football recruits, Middle Tennessee Christian offensive lineman Jesse Perry, received perhaps his biggest offer to date on Friday.
The 6-foot-7, 275-pound tackle’s latest offer is from Tennessee, one that means a little extra.
“It means a lot to me,” Perry said. “I’ve worked very hard during my high school career to get to this point. It feels great to be noticed and wanted by Tennessee.”
The Vols’ offer adds to a list that includes Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Memphis, North Carolina, Duke, Tulane, Cincinnati and MTSU, among others. Many have come over the past month.
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Rated as a three-star lineman, Perry is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 22 player in Tennessee in the 2024 class and the No. 64 offensive tackle nationally.
Perry took an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Jan. 14.
“I really enjoyed my visit and the coaching staff,” Perry said. “The coaches really showed me a lot of love there. (Offensive line coach Glen) Elarbee has done a great job with the offensive line and Coach (Josh) Heupel has done a great job bringing Tennessee to a championship level.”
Perry’s upcoming visit plans include Auburn (Feb. 27), Vanderbilt (March 4), Missouri (March 7), Tennessee (March 25), North Carolina (March 28) and Duke (March 30).
He is a three-year starter for a MTCS that is 17-7 over the past two seasons, reaching the DII-A state semifinals in 2021 and state quarterfinals in 2022.
He was named to the Division II-A all-state team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.