The indecision of Jeremy Perry

Tuesday night the Wildcats thought they had a huge recruiting coup when Hawaii's Jeremy Perry verbally pledged to play for the Wildcats. By Wednesday morning things had changed and Perry apparently was ready to stay and play for the in-state Hawaii Warriors. As signing day came and went it appears that Perry did indeed sign a letter of intent, but has not faxed it. We chronicle a day that saw the Hawaii Player of the Year sign, make a pair of verbals and end up in limbo.

On Tuesday night, Cat Tracks reported that Kahuku's Jeremy Perry verballed to the Wildcats. At the time that was true. Perry called the UA football offices in the late afternoon and told the staff that he wanted to be a Wildcat. Folks in Tucson went to bed believing that the Cats had landed one of the better linemen to come from the islands.

On Wednesday morning, rumors started to surface that Perry was wavering and was leaning to playing for Hawaii. No one could confirm or deny the rumor until later in the morning.

The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Perry participated in a signing ceremony with seven other team mates and at that time he signed a letter of intent to play for Hawaii.

There was only one snag, Perry never faxed the letter to the Hawaii coaches, making it no better than a non-binding verbal pledge.

Brandy Burke of Kahuku High School's athletic department told Cat Tracks that Perry verballed to Arizona on Tuesday night, Hawaii on Wednesday morning and Oregon State later in the day. She also told us that Perry was on campus with a signed letter of intent in his pocket, but would not tell anyone who he was going to sign with.

Perry never did reveal who he was going to sign with and never faxed the letter. Instead, according to Burke, he met with his mother and the two were discussing the situation. Perry indicated that he would announce the decision later in the afternoon at a Red Raider basketball game.

The announcement never came. Burke told us that he was down to Arizona and Hawaii. She says that he decided to sleep on it and hopes that "it comes to him in a dream." She added that he would like to make a decision on Thursday, but will not make a final decision until he was sure.

At the time of this story, the Advertiser had not made any revisions to their story on Perry's signing, but they are the only media source making those claims. The Kahuku football team's website had a list of all of their signees and under Perry's name it lists both Hawaii and Arizona. As of midnight MST the University of Hawaii had not released a list of football signings.

Without talking with Perry himself, we can't be sure what the situation is. As of now it seems safe to say that Perry is one confused kid with a huge decision ahead of him.

Cat Tracks will update you of Perry's decision as soon as it becomes known.

Andrew Friedman contributed to this story.

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