Arizona State entered the offseason knowing it needed to take drastic steps to improve its secondary, and on Tuesday, the Sun Devils put their first foot in the ground.
Four-star cornerback Alex Perry announced his commitment to ASU via Twitter on Tuesday, giving the Sun Devils their second four-star commitment for the Class of 2017.
Perry, the brother of ASU sophomore safety Armand Perry, is the sixth-ranked cornerback in the West, the 15th ranked cornerback in the country, and the 151st ranked Class of 2017 recruit nationally.
The Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) product committed to ASU ahead of reported offers from Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah. Perry's decision ultimately came down to ASU and Colorado before Perry opted to announce his commitment to the Sun Devils.
With his brother already starting in ASU's defensive backfield, Perry has been on campus numerous times over the last two years and enjoyed plenty of opportunities to familiarize himself with ASU's coaches and players.
This fall, tight ends coach DelVaughn Alexander and defensive backs coach T.J. Rushing attended one of Perry's games at Bishop Gorman, and ASU conducted an in-home visit with Perry earlier this month.
At Bishop Gorman, Perry was a key member of one of most prestigious high school programs in the country, as the Gaels have won 54 consecutive games and eight straight state titles.
At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Perry's natural abilities as a pure cover corner could help him factor into the Sun Devils' rotation in the defensive backfield early in his career, as the Sun Devils finished last in the FBS in passing defense for the second straight season in 2016.
Tuesday marked the second time Perry committed to ASU, as the cornerback initially offered a verbal commitment to the Sun Devils in November of 2014 during his sophomore season in high school. In February of 2016, Perry de-committed from ASU to explore his recruiting options, but said on Twitter that the Sun Devils would remain a top choice in his recruitment.
On Tuesday, Perry became the 10th player to commit to ASU's 2017 recruiting class, joining Lubbock, Texas native and safety Ty Thomas as well as Mansfield, Texas native and Devil backer prospect Loren Mondy as the only defensive commits in the Sun Devils' class.
Perry joined local Basha High quarterback Ryan Kelley as just the second four-star recruit to commit to ASU's 2017 class.