E.J. Perry donned his Andover High basketball uniform for the final time Friday night, contributing 10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 steals in an 80-64 Merrimack Valley Conference win over Lawrence.
To get a jump on what will be a challenging academic load and an expansive football playbook at Boston College, the highly recruited senior quarterback has enrolled in spring classes at BC. He is attending orientation Wednesday and Thursday, will finish up his finals at Andover Friday, then start his studies in the Carroll School of Management next Tuesday.
“It’s a decision he made last summer,” said his father, E.J. Perry II, also the school’s football coach. “He’s a very introspective kid. He weighed the positives and negatives with passion and energy. But he really needed to focus on the academics, and get ready for football at BC.”
During the decision-making process, Perry consulted his uncles, James Perry, who was hired last week as the head coach at Bryant after a seven-year run as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Princeton, and John Perry, the former Merrimack head coach who is the tights ends coach on Bill O’Brien’s staff with the Houston Texans.
“They really talked about being prepared mentally, both academically and with the playbook,” said his father.
The younger Perry, who will return to Andover to walk with his graduating class on June 5, was honored Friday at midcourt, accompanied by his mother, Kathleen, and grandmother, Barbara. The elder Perry was coaching the varsity girls’ basketball team at Lawrence.
On Saturday, Perry’s football teammates surprised him with a party.
“That’s the first time I think that it really hit him,” said his father. “He really took pride in the team accomplishments, going to the North final in baseball, basketball, and football, at Andover.”
The Globe’s Division 1 Player of the Year last fall, Perry finished with 114 career touchdown passes, the second-highest total in state history, including a record-tying 47 in his final season for the 6-5 Golden Warriors.
A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball), he started 179 straight games at Andover before coming off the bench in the fourth game this season after being away on a previously scheduled trip.
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