It could happen due to a set of circumstances that neither Perry, his old high school (Detroit King) or the University of Southern California could control.
Sources told GSN that Perry's transfer from Detroit MacKenzie, which closed due to low enrollment, to Detroit King complicated the process.
This led to problems with the NCAA Clearinghouse, which is responsible for declaring players either eligible or ineligible.
Here's where the ticking clock comes in: as reported in the Long Beach Press Telegram, Perry must be certified by today and fly to USC and enroll in classes to be eligible for this season.
If he doesn't not accomplish all of those things, he could then begin to talking to other teams about enrolling in classes at their respecitive universities.
Which teams might be interested in Perry regardless of his status with the NCAA Clearinghouse as a qualifier, partial or non-qualifier?
At the time, even though he committed to USC, Perry was very high on Michigan State and the Spartans were very high on him.
But it would have taken a real leap of faith for Perry to have committed to MSU without having any idea how the program would develop under then first-year head coach Mark Dantonio.
After watching the progress that MSU made last season and seeing the outstanding recruiting class for 2009, Perry may be even more intrigued by the prospect of playing in East Lansing.
Expect MSU to make a stong push for Perry's service regardless of his status. His inability to be cleared by the NCAA appears to be more of a mixup that resulted from the closure of MacKenzie than anything that Perry, a bright student, might have been responsible for.
GBW's Sam Webb has also stated that Michigan would make a strong push for Perry's service and were in the running the last time.
Sources who have spoken to Perry in the last few weeks have said that he was "focused solely on trying to gain entry into Southern California" and that he was "going into blackout mode," - that is no contact at all with anyone in the media, until the situation resolved itself one way or the other.