Lincoln High’s Case confides in former Link Perry before signing with Texas State

December 20, 2018
Lincoln High wide receiver Zion Perry (11) dives for the end zone after 37-yard pass reception from QB Cedric Case for the Links' first touchdown against Omaha Central's Nick Craig (8) in the first quarter on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Seacrest Field.

Zion Perry has always been a good friend to Lincoln High quarterback Cedric Case. He was also one of Case’s top receivers in 2017, with 61 receptions for 1,108 yards and 15 touchdowns.

So when Case, a first-team Super-Stater, was about to to decide where he was going to sign his national letter of intent to play football, Perry offered some words of advice.

“You told me, ‘We don’t owe anybody anything and at the end of the day it is a business and you have to do what is best for you,’” Case said, thanking Perry before signing with Texas State on Wednesday. “Once you told me that, it made the whole process so much easier on me.”

Perry, a friend since Case was 7 years old and now a freshman receiver at Central Missouri, helped the 6-foot-2 quarterback find a new level in the weight room and on the gridiron, Case said.

“You showed me a gear that I didn’t know I had in myself,” Case added. “I was already a pretty hard worker, but working with you, you showed me something that I could be more.”

And when the decision came between North Dakota and Texas State, which swooped in late in the recruiting process, Case was still going back and forth.

After Case left Texas State head coach Jake Spavital’s office on his visit earlier this week, the decision was clear, even though it did not seem that way before he stepped through the door.

“I still wasn’t sure right away,” Case said about his visit. “I had a great time on campus and the coaches were great, but I had a meeting with Coach Spavital.

“After I walked out of his office, just the talk that we had, I knew that is where I wanted to be.”

Bob Stitt, the Bobcats’ offensive coordinator, also had a big impact on Case, helping recruit the senior. The Links ran a similar offense to Stitt’s, and that helped Case.

“It’s like the perfect fit,” said Case, who decommitted from North Dakota in picking Texas State. “I’m going into a situation that I’ve already kind of ran, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

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