Armand Perry is far from a stranger to California. His teammate, Nick Gates, received an offer from the Bears earlier this spring, and hosted offensive line coach Zach Yenser on Tuesday.
Perry -- the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman -- has been told for years by his parents that Berkeley is among the best educational institutions around, and every time he talks to one Geoffrey Gibson -- a former Gael and current Cal offensive lineman -- he hears about what a great place it is. On Tuesday, he hears one more thing: He has a scholarship offer.
"It meant the world to me," Perry said. "My parents have already told me that, other than Stanford, Cal is right up there in academics. Getting your degree is as important as playing on the field. It's a good academic school, and it could help me a lot down the road in life.
"I know Big Geoff Gibson. He went to Gorman, and I've known him growing up. He's kind of been like a mentor for me with this whole football thing. I've worked out with him a few times when he's come back into town, so I'm pretty familiar with Cal. He said it's great. He said they've got a fast tempo up there and that they practice hard every day. He said it's just a great place, academically, and it's a nice home."
Bears defensive backs coach Randy Stewart watched Perry go through his paces on Tuesday, and afterwards, decided that Perry would be a perfect fit for one of his three safety scholarships.
"They saw me working hard in practice, and doing everything that I had to," Perry said. "I practice every day like it's the championship. They saw my work ethic, they saw my skill set and they wanted to offer."
Perry plays free safety for Bishop Gorman, and Stewart envisions him as a bit of a do-everything defensive back.
"He said he wants me at corner, he wants me at safety, he wants me coming off the edge, so pretty much just an all-around defensive back; He said I'd have to be able to do it all," Perry said. "I think he's a great guy from the short time we talked. I could tell that he's a very old-school coach, a very straightforward guy, and that's what I look for. He told me he likes me a lot, and he's a really good guy."
Perry Snags Cal Offer
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