Player of the Year - Ryan Perrilloux!
Ryan Perrilloux - Player of the Year
Ryan Perrilloux - Player of the Year
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 1, 2005
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst

Ryan Perrilloux was named National High School Player of the Year by, whose team of scouts and recruiting analysts chose the La Place, Louisiana, quarterback over several other elite prospects, including running back Antone Smith, linebacker Brian Cushing, quarterback Mark Sanchez and others.

The third annual National Player of Year goes to quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. Perrilloux, from La Place (La.) East Saint John High School, had a magical season, passing for 3,546 yards (225/342) and 30 touchdown passes and running for 1,460 yards (226 carries) and 37 touchdowns. He accounted for 69 total touchdowns and finished his career second in total yards for the state of Louisiana behind Brock Berlin with 12,705 yards. Perrilloux also returned kicks and played a little defense in leading his team to the third round of the playoffs, the best in school history.

“I am so honored just to be recognized for this award,” said Perrilloux. “Did you see who won it in the past? It’s an honor to receive it. I called my mom, brother and sister and told them. I am amazed. I really am.”

The first two National Player of the Year award winners were Chris Leak (Florida) and Teddy Ginn, Jr. (Ohio State).

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Scott Kennedy of “Those numbers are mind-blogging. He did it in the air and on the ground. Ryan has all the tools you can possibly look for in today’s quarterback and he can beat you in so many ways.”

This award is not given to the nation’s top prospect. Rather, it is given to a great prospect who had a great senior season on the field. Perrilloux edged out running back Antone Smith (Pahokee, Fla.), linebacker Brian Cushing (Oradell, N.J.), and quarterback Mark Sanchez (Mission Viejo, Calif.).

Perrilloux is currently listed as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect and No. 2 quarterback according to He is a member of the 2nd Team All-American Team.

“Ryan was on an average team with 19 new starters,” said East Saint John Head Coach Larry Dauterive. “He’s the most competitive person I have ever been around. Ryan wants the ball in his hand with the game on the line. He has ‘it’, was just born to be special and destined for greatness.”

Perrilloux committed to Texas back in July of last year. And he did that for two reasons; he felt Texas was the best place for him and he wanted to get the coaches off his back. At that time he was sitting on seven dozen scholarship offers. All along Perrilloux knew he wanted to visit five schools – Texas, LSU, Mississippi State, Florida State and Miami. Eventually, he only got to three – the Longhorns, Bulldogs and Tigers. Perrilloux says that he will shock the world tomorrow with his decision. He will make his announcement at 9:01 a.m. eastern time. LSU will prove tough to beat.

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