Station Camp football standout Sirtavious Perry has announced that he will be transferring to Gallatin for his senior year of high school.
Perry, who plays wide receiver and defensive back, said he told Bison head coach Shaun Hollinsworth of his intentions on May 15. The Gallatin resident said he has been re-zoned for Gallatin High School and the decision to leave Station Camp was not easy.
"It will be very tough to leave Station Camp," Perry said. "I've been with those guys since freshman year and I created a bond with the coaches and players. I'm glad I didn't leave on bad terms and the coaches understood my decision and wished me luck. I'm closing one chapter of my book and moving on to the next."
Perry added that a return to Gallatin will be somewhat of a homecoming for him.
"I'm very excited to join Gallatin," he stated. "I grew up with those boys and I've known the coaches since I was in peewee football. I will transition to Gallatin around June 1st."
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), the governing body for most high school sports in the state, including football, has very specific guidelines regarding transfers and sometimes requires athletes to sit out a year after doing so. However, Perry said he lives in part of Gallatin that the Sumner County School Board recently re-zoned, effective with the 2017-18 school year.
"This situation would allow Mr. Perry to stay eligible," said TSSAA Assistant Executive Director Matthew Gillespie. "With the county deciding to move the lines to help with population of the schools this would not qualify for him to be ineligible. If Mr. Perry is in classes, and enrolled at Gallatin before the first day of school, he will be good to go."
Hollinsworth declined to comment.