Alex Perry Talks ASU Pledge

Granted, 2017 cornerback Alex Perry was already plenty captivated by Arizona State for a while now. The Las Vegas Bishop Gorman four-star prospect is the younger brother of current freshman Sun Devil corner Armand Perry, and his only offer to date was from ASU. Yet, after attending last night’s Utah - ASU contest the younger Perry decided to act on his sentiments and commit to Arizona State.

Did Alex Perry make up his mind prior to his unofficial visit to Tempe or was his commitment a spur of a moment decision after a thrilling 19-16 overtime win by Arizona State?

“A little bit of both,” said Alex’s father Archie Perry. “I think he always thought that this was a good place for him. He went to both the (away) Colorado and Washington games and this was the first home game he was able to go to because of his football schedule. After experiencing the game, being in the locker room and seeing the camaraderie, etc. I think that after experiencing all of that and talking to Armand, he said ‘this is it’ and he committed.”

Archie Perry admitted that Armand Perry’s decision to attend ASU and the success he is enjoying as a true freshman this year, naturally had him wholeheartedly supporting his younger’s son decision last night.

“Ultimately, I want him to carve his own path,” Perry explained. “But at the same time I felt comfortable with Armand’s decision last year and I've seen how this season has gone for him. I've seen how much he enjoys it here and his interaction with Coach Graham who’s very hands-on with the defense.

“It’s a good for fit for Armand and I think it will be a good fit for Alex too.”

The 5-9 160-pound Alex Perry echoed his father’s sentiments of having an affinity for ASU for several months now, as well as being caught up in last night’s excitement which led to his pledge.

“I always thought about going there,” Alex Perry said. “Just seeing that exciting atmosphere really sealed it. I like how it’s a quick defense and people are always moving before the ball (is snapped). You don’t know where people are coming from. I like seeing their DB blitzes and sacks. I like how they play man coverage because that is what I play. I know it’s a good fit.

“The coaches like how I can get physical, have good speed and technique. I want to work more on my footwork and be even more physical on the field.”

Perry, a 2017 prospect, said that he didn't expect to commit this early in the recruiting process, but confessed that for months now he thought that Tempe would be his eventual college destination.

“They offered me at their camp,” Perry recalled, “and when they did I was pretty sure that this is where I’m suppose to go. The atmosphere last night was absolutely crazy and that overtime made it more dramatic. Just going down on the field, looking at the crowd and the student section…I knew this where I need to be at.”

The Bishop Gorman corner mentioned that while ASU is his lone offer to date, he has been approached by Washington, Arizona, UNLV, Colorado, and Oklahoma State, but maintained that his commitment to ASU “is solid.”

Needless to say that Alex and Armand Perry shared a lot of conversations about the ASU program, and the younger Perry said that several things his older brother has mentioned have really resonated with him.

“He said that the team has a family atmosphere in the program,” Perry remarked. “He said that over here you get the whole college atmosphere, the college life, but you still have to work hard for your job. He just loves everything about it.”

Another Bishop Gorman prospect who visited and this one was in an official capacity, was four-star 2015 wide receiver Cordell Broadus, who Perry said: “really enjoyed his visit. He liked it a lot there. Me and Cordell are pretty close. I knew him before he moved out here (to Las Vegas). We were training together for a little bit.”


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