"I've always wanted to play at Alabama."

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

Nick Perry
Scout.com Rating: Four-Star
Size: 6-foot-2, 195-pounds
Hometown: Prattville High School
Prattville, Ala.
Projected Position at UA: Safety

Stats: Perry had 55 total tackles as a senior with 41 solos, six interceptions, five pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and scored once on defense. He caught a six-yard pass on offense.

Commit Date: 4/1/09

Recruiting Competition: Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt

Why Alabama: "I've always wanted to play at Alabama. It's always been a dream school for me. When I first got the offer, I was excited and knew that is where I wanted to be."

Strengths/Improvements: "I think the best part of what I do is play smart football and read quarterbacks. I think I have great ball skills. I am working on my speed and trying to get my 40-time down."

Coach Quote (Prattville defensive coordinator Bart Sessions): "You don't coach many high school kids with his size, strength and physical ability. He plays the game very fast with great range. You could say he plays long, and he plays tall. He's a sure tackler.

"Last year we used him more as a strong safety coming down hill to stuff the run. This year he's been more like a free safety rolling back in coverage to strike fear in any receiver trying to come across the middle. He's a very versatile player in what he can do."

"First off, Nick's a great young man. He's very smart and has done excellent academically. I think his intelligence has helped him in his understanding of the game.

"We asked Nick to check off on plays with what they're doing as far as formations and personnel. He communicates the adjustments that need to be made to our secondary. This year he's taken on more of a leadership role when as a junior he just went out there and played. He's done a great job. He has a knack in big games to step up and make the big play."

"They (Alabama) did a great job recruiting Nick. That staff has a lot of class. Growing up in the state of Alabama and playing football it's most kids dream to play at Alabama or Auburn.

"I know he wanted to play in the SEC. He was impressed with his visits to Tuscaloosa. When he saw a practice he recognized they run a similar defensive scheme to what we run here at Prattville. It's an aggressive style that I think Nick enjoys playing in. You add in all the great history and tradition at Alabama as well as the first class facilities, it's really the total package, and Nick wanted to be a part of it."

"Prattville takes great pride in maintaining a high academic standard. Nick's very well-read and studious, but really he's just an everyday teenager. You won't see him in any trouble.

"Football is so big around here that he's idolized by younger kids for being a starter on the football team. The other day I saw him signing autographs for 5-year olds. There's a lot of pressure an expectations on these kids even though it's still high school. But Nick handles it well.

"Coach (Jamey) DuBose took him and some of the other players to read to a kindergarten class. It's fun to see how well he handles himself in those situations. He's been great to have around. We're all going to miss him."

Andrew Bone says: "Perry has the size and speed to become an excellent safety at the next level. He is a smart player who plays physical and is great in pass coverage."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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