Already very familiar with the program after making numerous visits since a summer camp four years ago, Perry said he’s ready to get back on the Plains and get a feel for the Tigers once again.
“I’m real excited that it’s finally my turn,” Perry said. “I talked to Coach Rhett Lashlee Monday and he said I was close to getting an Auburn offer. I was happy about that because it’s my dream school. I have been liking them since the eighth grade since I first went to an Auburn camp. I can’t wait to get down there this weekend and see what Coach Muschamp is truly about. I’m really excited and glad to get back home.”
A 6-3, 200-pounder who is still developing as a defensive player after transferring to Auburn from Newnan, Ga., Perry was a fixture in Jordan-Hare Stadium last season when the Tigers suited up. That gave him a good idea of what to expect from the atmosphere at Auburn, but he’s seen much more than that already.
“Me coming to every home game last year, I got a true feel of the fan support,” Perry said. “Even though some of them weren’t for big-time SEC games the fans still filled the place up. It’s truly a family and family environment at Auburn.
“I’m actually going up to the junior day this Saturday with my mom and dad. I can’t wait for that. One thing I also like about Auburn is how the players stick together. The coaches truly care about the players. I actually know a few players on the team and it’s something I could see myself being a part of someday.”
Long and rangy, Perry is a player who can cover a lot of ground in the secondary. Already physically ready to play college football, he could easily be 205-210 by the time he gets to the next level. That is the kind of safety that any defensive coach is looking for, something Perry hopes to hear from Muschamp and Travaris Robinson this weekend.
“I’m really excited to talk with Coach Muschamp and T-Rob,” Perry said. “They have produced a lot of great secondary players, defensive backs from Florida. They had Vernon Hargreaves and he was the best corner in the nation and they coached him up. Now they are at Auburn and they’re going to do the same things. I can’t wait to see what they kind of have for me.”
Already with offers from Mississippi State and Albany (N.Y.), Perry is off to a good start in the recruiting process. With more sure to follow between now and next February, he said it was just good to get those first couple and take the pressure off.
“It felt really good,” Perry said. “It was a huge relief and sense of accomplishment. Everything just felt good. I got the Mississippi State offer a few weeks ago and that was huge. I think they held the No. 1 ranking longer than anybody last year.”
With a pair of offers to mull over at the moment, Perry said he’s hoping this weekend brings number three when he visits Auburn. Should that happen things would ramp up in a big hurry for a prospect that has the Tigers very high on his list already.
“It would mean the world to me,” Perry said. “Getting an Auburn offer would be a huge accomplishment and I would be very blessed. I have just always wanted the opportunity to go play for Auburn one day, ever since the eighth grade. It would be a huge accomplishment. War Eagle. I love it. It would be huge.”