"My grandfather wasn't too big on it at first," Perry said. "He wasn't sure about the whole situation and that's why I really wanted him to come with me for a visit this summer."
That visit took place a couple weeks ago. Perry and his grandfather took the trip on their own dime.
"We took the visit and I loved it," he said. "My grandpa is cool with it now, too. He asked a bunch of questions and everything's straight now. He just had the typical stereotype of Miami being a party city with a bunch of crime. He realized that wasn't true once we got there. I mean there are million dollar homes right across the street."
Chris Perry, 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, said he spent a full day checking out the school and the area.
"We toured the school, toured the football complex, met the academic people, toured the weight room, and I met some of the coaches," he said. "Plus, we watched an NFL Film that was all about Miami. It was very impressive. After that, me and my grandpa drove around and checked out South Beach and stuff like that. The only thing I didn't get a chance to see was the Orange Bowl but that's OK."
The talented defensive lineman from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge said while all the tradition was very impressive, it was the academic side of the program that caught his attention.
"The academic situation made me feel really comfortable," he said. "I knew going down there that I'd love the football part of it and that visit showed me how impressive the academics are."
Perry had a chance to sit down with defensive line coaches John Palermo and Clint Hurtt.
"They told me that it's rare for a defensive lineman to come in and start as a true freshman," he said. "But they said there's a good chance for me to play right away in my first year. They're gonna play the best guys."
Now with his visit to UM out of the way, Perry said his commitment to UM is even stronger than before.
"Before I went, I was pretty sure Miami was where I was going," he said. "After the visit and seeing everything, there's no doubt in my mind. I'm 100-percent committed to Miami and that's going to be my only official visit. We still need to set up a date for that."
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