Perry talks ASU visit

For a while it's been a two-team race for Armand Perry. Did a recent unofficial trip to Tempe change the Las Vegas' safety recruiting picture? Devils Digest caught up with Perry for the latest on his recruitment.

"It was a pretty good trip and I got to see what the school had to offer," said Perry who visited Arizona State last Saturday along with his father. "This was my first time there and I liked everything I saw. I got to see all the facilities, meet with the academic counselors and talked about the courses I can take. I didn't know that their academics were that good and it was really interesting to see the statistics they showed me.

"I met with the head coach and all the other coaches and they showed me how I would fit in their system. They want me to play as a bandit safety and they said that next year I would have a chance to compete for a starting position. It's an attacking defense and they are looking for aggressive players like myself. They bring a lot of players off the edge and put them in a position to make big plays. It's a defense that has progressed in the last few years and they were 2nd in the Pac-12 last year."

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

ASU was Perry's first offer so it's a school he has always had a strong affinity to. His personal experience with the program only enhanced that existing sentiment.

"That visit definitely exceeded my expectations," Perry admitted. "All the people I met on the visit were great and they laid out the red carpet for me. I had four, five coaches always walking around with us on the visit. That showed how much interest they had in me."

One of the more important aspects of Perry's visit was meeting with current starting ASU bandit safety, Alden Darby, whose spot will be contended for in the 2014 season with Perry being one of the players vying for that role if he did pledge to the Sun Devils.

"Alden is a leader on and off the field," Perry said, "and he is the example of what they are looking for in a player. That's the player who I was watching a lot on film and seeing how he plays the role. He told me that Arizona State was the place to be and that all the coaches really care about you. He told me to stay focused, keep on working hard and keep my grades up."

In a previous interview Perry stated that Cal was the only school he held in the same high regard as the Sun Devils, and that status quo has maintained itself as he gets ready for his last pre-decision visit.

"At this point I'm going to take my visit to Cal on August 3rd with my dad" Perry commented. "I want to see what they have to offer and try to make a decision that week after the visit. Arizona State did a very good job showing me their whole school, and I'm going to compare that to Cal and see what is the best fit for me. I'm just going to go home after that (Cal) visit and do a list of pros and cons for each school.

"It's not really about what it will take for one school to make me choose them over the other. I just want to see what both of them have to offer and see which school is going to feel like home since I will be there for the next four, five years of my life."

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