Torch Community Spotlight: Sommerville and Perry Sign To AAF Leagues

Pictured Above Khalil Sommerville, Agent Kenny Harris, Kevon Perry

Two Buffalo born and raised rising football athletes have been signed to AAF Teams and shinning their brightest exemplifying what it looks like to have skills and determination to accomplish the goals that they have set for themselves.

Khalil Sommerville is an extraordinary talent. At the young age of 9, Khalil expressed his liking for football and with his mother being a great role model, Khalil started playing football with a purpose. In high school, he played for the Bennett Tigers as a defensive tackle where he dominated the field. He earned a well-deserved D-1 scholarship, but most scouts thought he was too small so he ended up playing his collegiate ball years at Buffalo State where he excelled greatly at the defensive tackle position. His best season saw him receive high honors as he made All-Empire 8 First Team in 2017. For Khalil, 2018 has been filled with major accolades and accomplishments.

This past summer he tried out with the Buffalo Bills where he gained a lot of knowledge on different defensive techniques. After this workout with the Bills, three weeks ago Khalil was blessed with an opportunity to continue his football career and was signed by the AAF league to play defensive tackle for the Salt Lake City Stallions who are coached by former NFL coach Dennis Erickson.

Kevon Perry is another very gifted athlete. At the early age of 6, Kevon would ask his father about playing football and grew up playing in the little leagues, eventually playing high school football for Riverside and Burgard. On the field, Kevon was a monster who was relentless at getting in the opposition’s backfield.

Despite Kevon not receiving any D1 recognition, he kept moving forward and decided to play in the JUCO league for two years before he was called up to play for the Louisiana Raging Cajuns as as a defensive tackle who went out to have his best collegiate game against Texas A&M as he recorded nine tackles and five of those tackles were made in the A&M backfield. The year of 2018 has been very promising for Kevon as he was signed to the Memphis Express in the AAF league.

During our conversation both players agreed that “adjusting to the speed of the game” was the hardest process transitioning from high-school to college and they mutually uphold NFL player Aaron Donald who plays for the Los Angeles Rams and is currently the highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL.

When I asked the two players what advice would they would offer to young star athletes who are trying to get to where they are, Khalil firmly replied, “be humble and trust the process”. “Don’t think that high school play is the same as college play, you have to elevate your game and learn techniques that will make you successful” said Kevon who like Khalil looks to continue his dominance on the field in Hope’s that the NFL will be his next destination.

Their Agent Kenny Harris, had this to say about these great WNY athletes, “It is truly a blessing and a privilege to be a mentor to these great athletes”. “They possession the beacon of light and inspiration that our future youth will be able to use to achieve their dreams”. Congratulations to both of these dedicated young athletes!

Rise Up Right Reporter Andre ‘The Torch’ Robinson

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