After soaring at Mendocino, Perdue rewarded with leap to D1

June 2, 2017

Ryan Perdue football

Ryan Perdue

Ryan Perdue of Fairbanks helped the Mendocino College football team enjoy one of its best seasons in the last decade, and his reward was an opportunity at a NCAA D1 school.

The speedy wide receiver posted on Twitter that he is headed to Mississippi Valley State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“Right when I touched down everybody there made it feel like home,” he wrote on social media.

Perdue, of Lathrop High fame, played two seasons at Mendocino College, a member of the California Community College Athletic Association.

In 16 games, the 6-foot-3 wideout collected 34 receptions, 599 yards and seven touchdowns. He saw a 203-yard improvement from his freshman season to his sophomore season.

Perdue is headed to a Mississippi Valley State squad in need of playmakers.

“Just gotta thank God for this opportunity and the ability he gave me,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thankful for all the coaches I’ve had in my life, especially all of my teammates, friends who would throw me passes whenever I needed it, my family and everybody I interacted with. I needed every single one of ya’ll.”