Perry pulls the trigger for 'Bama

Alabama has been busy in Louisiana in recent cycles and it continued on Monday with the commitment of three-star defensive back Joshua Perry. He breaks down his decision to play with the Crimson Tide inside.

Longtime Alabama commitment and 2016 Scout100 athlete Shyheim Carter is no longer the sole Louisianan on Nick Saban's commitment list.

Fellow defensive back projection and Amite (La.) three-star Josh Perry jumped on board Monday afternoon.

"I committed like 10 minutes ago," he said. "My head coach called Nick Saban, I was in class at the time. He held the phone until I got there.

"One of the defensive back coaches recorded me at practice and brought it back to the school. He (Saban) told me he likes that way that I move. He said it was on me if I wanted to commit now or wait, but my mind was made up. When I got the offer (late April), I knew I was going to go there. I like the campus, I like the vibe. I talked about it with my parents and we decided that I'm going to spend my next four years at Alabama."

The offer originally came down in late April and Perry says he was ready to be Crimson then.

"If it was up to me, I would have committed when I got the offer, but I wanted to see how my parents feel about it. That's why I waited," he said. "They haven't been there yet, but we plan on taking a trip out there sometime this summer.

"It's all about the good vibe on the campus, how the coaches and players treat you. If I was to get hurt the first day of practice, I'd still feel like home there and I can get my education. I'd feel like I was Louisiana, that's why I'm so comfortable with Roll Tide."

On the field, the versatile athlete can play a bevvy of positions in the secondary. Saban says he'll have his pick.

"I played corner when the coach came by here, but last year at (Alabama) camp, I played safety," Perry said. "He said it's my decision to play corner or safety, but right now I want to play safety. That's my favorite position.

"Saban was excited, he's proud to have me. All the coaches were. Everything is good!"

Scout tabs Perry at safety, as well. LSU was his initial scholarship offer, but he says he grew up an Oklahoma fan. Despite it, Perry has no plans on visiting another campus any time soon.

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