Clear cut favorites for Perry

Many prospects in the 2014 class may be far from trimming down their list of favorable programs, yet for several weeks now Armand Perry has been able to separate a couple of schools from the rest of his suitors.

"Arizona State was my first Pac-12 offer," said the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman defensive back. "I always liked them (ASU) and me and he coaches have a great relationship. There is just something about them that has always made me want to watch them when they come on TV, so I always liked the Sun Devils. I know people that used to play there like Josh Jordan and Jarrell Holman who is a good family friend. They told me it's a great environment and that there's nothing like ASU.

"They're pretty close to Vegas so that's good too."

Perry is being recruited by ASU coaches DelVaughn Alexander and Chris Ball, and that tandem has conveyed to him that the Sun Devil program will offer him an environment he can excel in.

"They told me that it's a place that I can call home for the next four years," Perry commented. "It's a good football program, you can get a great education, the weather is good and it's close to home. They are also renovating their stadium which is good."

The 6-foot, 180-pound Armand Perry recorded 50 tackles and an interception during his junior year and reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds.

"Coach Ball says that he likes my aggressiveness and how I always go for the ball," Perry stated. "I have good speed and good footwork and he thinks that I can come in and be a playmaker. He said that I can play more than one position (Perry plays field safety for the Gaels), but sees me more at the nickel spot.

"I'm someone who likes to make big plays and I know I have to get bigger and faster to play at the college level."

According to Perry, playing for one of the best high school programs in the Southwest has helped him not only with his level of play but also dealing with all the recruiting attention he is receiving.

"Our high school carries itself like a college prep school," Perry explained, "so we have college practices and a college off-season program. So this can help our players have an easier transition when we play at the next level. We have unbelievable coaching at our school.

"At spring practice we have multiple college coaches out there watching us, so you get good exposure. If you're going to have a good practice, chances are that they were a lot of college coaches out there watching you and some of them will offer you a scholarship after that practice. So that really helps with recruiting."

The defensive back added that ASU was already pursuing him prior to spring practice, but that their scholarship offer indeed only came after its coaches observed him during those April sessions.

California, Nevada, New Mexico State and UNLV are the other programs who have extended offers to Perry, but for a while now there have been two schools who have distinguished themselves over the rest.

"Arizona State and Cal are my two favorites," Perry noted. "But I'm still going to give the other schools that have offered me a fair shot. I'm going to give everybody a chance, but I can really see myself in those two schools."

USC, LSU, Washington, Arizona and Oregon are some of the programs which Perry said haven't offered but have been showing interest. The defensive back wouldn't mind making a decision early in the process, but at the same time he would like to visit all the programs he's considering before arriving at a conclusion.

"If I can see all the schools I want to see before the season starts," Perry said, "then I can see myself committing before the season starts. At this point I visited Cal a year ago before they even offered me and I'm gonna try to see if I can visit ASU sometime in the summer.

"Education is very important to me and I want to go to a place that fits me the best. Everyone wants to play at big school, but you don't want to go to a big school just to sit on the bench. So you have to go to a program and a system that fits you the best so you can become a better player."

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