2016 safety Josh Perry rode up to LSU’s Elite Camp last week with close friend Shyheim Carter, a four-star cornerback. Carter was the more familiar name amongst recruiting fans. Perry was essentially an unknown.
But the LSU coaches knew exactly who he was. Shortly after both Carter and Perry arrived at the LSU facility, they were summoned to Les Miles’ office. That’s when Perry picked up his first ever scholarship offer.
“It was a blessing for me,” Perry said. “Going into the camp, I didn’t know I was going to get the offer. I was very surprised and shocked. It was a blessing though, more than anything.”
The best part for the Amite standout was having LSU be the first school added to his offer list.
“That was very cool for me,” Perry said. “I wasn’t expecting LSU to be my first offer. I was expecting it to be a smaller school.”
How much might staying close to home factor into his ultimate decision? Perry said it’ll be important because he wants to have his family see him play as often as possible.
And it may not be long until Perry makes up his mind. He’s scheduled to return to LSU’s campus on Saturday, this time with his mother, and he didn’t rule out shutting down the process this early.
“I’ve been talking it over with my mom,” Perry said. “I haven’t made a decision yet, but I could be ready by then. She loves it. She just likes the fact she won’t have to pay for college.”
The in-state crop of DBs is absolutely loaded in the Class of 2016. LSU had already offered CBs Kristian Fulton and Andraez Williams before they offered both Carter and Perry last Thursday.
Perry projects as a safety on the next level. He said he can play both the free and strong positions, though he prefers free and that’s where he plays for his high school team. He measured in at 6-foot-2.5, 185 pounds, and worked out as both a corner and safety during drills at camp.
“Les Miles said that I can be a great player,” Perry said. “I can fit in their defense well because of my height. They play those big DBs, and that’s what I am…My biggest strength is my range. I’m a very good tackler. During 7-on-7 drills, the coaches liked my range, how I was able to get from one side of the field to the other.”
If Perry does in fact commit to the Tigers this weekend, he already has a next goal in mind — to get Carter, an Alabama commit, on board with LSU.
“We’ve already talked a little bit about it,” Perry said. “That’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Perry could decide soon
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