Gators interest Miami linebacker


Coral Gables linebacker Denzel Perryman made sure to think of a good plan if football isn’t his intended career path. Growing up, he always had an interest in watching TV, but it wasn’t for cartoons or silly reality shows. Perryman stayed glued to science-oriented shows.

“I’d just sit home and skip through channels and that stuff would pop up on TV,” Perryman said.

That interest consumed him and has him thinking of studying forensic science in college in hopes of pursuing a career in that field if he doesn’t end up a professional ball player.

Luckily for Perryman, he doesn’t have to worry too much about future career moves just yet. He’s taking his time to enjoy his recruiting process that is starting to heat up. Perryman has earned a bunch of scholarship offers from many top schools. Too many to make any sort of list at this moment, he said.

But he does want to start his own evaluation process before it gobbles up all of his time during his senior season.

“I should start to do that pretty soon, but if not, probably before the season I’ll break it down,” Perryman said of making list of top schools. “In the middle or the end of the season I’ll make a decision.”

Perryman does admit that one school has always stuck out for him because it’s just too close for him not to take a peek at what it has to offer.

“(Miami) is OK. I’m there like every other day,” he said.

Perryman considers UM a “home away from home” and that it’s the only school he knows will be one of his finalists.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder also has close ties to Rutgers. His brother, Quintero Frierson, played their a few years back. He also keeps in constant contact with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Perryman said he’s interested in visiting Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Rutgers and USC this summer. He also told that he’d like to make trips to Notre Dame and Oregon.

He isn’t sure if he’ll compete at any camps this summer, but he wants to make it to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights in July. He’d like to compete, but he’d also like to get a good look at Florida’s program, as UF’s history really intrigues him. Florida’s aggressive defensive style is also a reason for Perryman’s interest in the Gators.

“Florida, they are one of the schools that I’m really looking at,” he said.

As a junior, Perryman recorded 126 total tackles.


  1. I’m hoping the kid out of Lake City is one of those three, everything I hear or read about him is very good. He seem to have all the tools, Perryman is new on the radar for me, how good is this kid?