Lely defensive backs Malcolm Perry and Chrisnel Germain will be playing college football.
Perry signed a letter of intent to play for Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and Germain signed with Division II Pace University in Westchester County, N.Y.
Perry was a three-year starter for the Trojans as a cornerback and safety, making the Collier County All-Conference teams the last two years. In the 2012 season, he recorded 70 tackles.
“It is a big chance for me to play ball again,” Perry said. “I will be playing at a high level and coaches said that I may play ASAP.”
Germain was a two-year starter for the Trojans at cornerback. In 2012, he recorded three interceptions and 46 tackles.
“I met the coaches and will be given the opportunity to play right away,” Germain said. “I am really excited to compete.”
Lely defensive backs coach Fritz Jacques said the signings make four defensive backs to earn scholarships in the last three years, though the team won only six games during that stretch. Mackinton Dorleant (Northern Iowa) and Ben Jean (Saginaw Valley (Mich.) State) also are on scholarships.
“Malcolm is an outstanding athlete,” Jacques said. “He is a smart kid with great potential.”
Jacques called Germain “the sleeper. He came along quickly and just did everything right. I am very proud on how far he has come.”
Lely head coach Stacey Stewart said, “They really worked hard. I am extremely excited for them and their opportunities to further their education.”