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Q&A: Khurtiss Perry on his touchdown dances, running the ball and recruitment

Nick Alvarez
Montgomery Advertiser
Park Crossing's Khurtiss Perry (44) celebrates a tackle against Lanier at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 1, 2020.

Khurtiss Perry looks at his life, his talent, his opportunities as a blessing. A positive mindset to have while negotiating a sophomore season and recruitment during a pandemic. The 6-foot-2 defensive lineman sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser to discuss Park Crossing's season, his recruitment process and touchdown dance inspiration. 

Q: How has your game developed this season? 

The Thunderbirds started the season 2-4. Yet, their first two wins were via forfeit. Coach L.C. Cole has challenged Perry to be a driving force on the team. 

At the start of their last game against Sidney Lanier on Oct. 2, Perry ran onto the field in the wrong-colored cleats. He was taken out of the game and instructed to change. After, Perry had a memorable performance. He saw it as a learning opportunity. 

Perry: "(Coach Cole) makes sure I'm disciplined cause I'm a leader to the team. I had to make sure I'm doing right so everyone behind me is doing right." 

Khurtiss Perry dominates both sides of the ball, guides Park Crossing to win over Sidney Lanier

Q: How much do you enjoy running the ball? 

Perry ran for a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions against the Poets. They deployed a three-back set and pummeled Lanier with inside handoffs. It reminded Perry of his middle school days when he used to play quarterback and halfback. 

The game plan switch occurred during the team's bye week when Park Crossing's starting signal-caller went down for the year.

Perry: "I'm glad we had an off-week so we can get back used to (running the ball). Get back in shape. Get my body right for offense and defense so I can play both." 

Q: Where did you find the inspiration for your touchdown dance? 

Following each trip to the end zone, Perry performed the same dance: a two-step shimmy that eventually earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Perry laughed when asked about it postgame. 

Perry: "I get that from those guys on the Tigers. I got the dance from LSU." 

Q: How dynamic can you be when you establish a rhythm as you did against Lanier? 

Perry forced a handful of rushed passes, registered a few quarterback pressures and even triggered an intentional grounding call on a crucial third down. 

Finding that consistency has increased his profile with recruiters. 

Perry: "Well. when I get in my move it gets scary. When I get on my grind it gets scary cause I'm going to be coming every single play." 

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Q: What has the recruiting process been like during a pandemic? 

Per 247Sports, Perry has received offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida. He hasn't had any official visits, yet he's eager to explore his options. 

Perry: "Recruiting wise, it's going great. I'm taking it slow, living my life. ... I'm just ready to go and visit. I'm ready for this corona to end so I can get a chance to visit schools and see what family and schemes fit me."