Jim Harbaugh’s first recruiting class at Michigan is coming together quickly leading up to Wednesday’s national signing day.
The Wolverines decided to make the move, offering Perry a scholarship Sunday after careful thought and evaluation.
“It actually came a couple hours before the Super Bowl,” Perry said. “I was watching some shows and I got a call from Coach Harbaugh and he said after watching countless hours of film and talking about you, we can’t let you go unoffered and offered me a scholarship.”
The conversation with Harbaugh was one Perry had been waiting on for quite some time, dating all the way back to his berth.
“I was at a loss for words in a way,” Perry said. “I’ve been working and set a goal freshman year to end up there.
“Actually a funny story, when I was first born in Ann Arbor the doctor said I was going to be the next Michigan linebacker cause I was so big. It definitely feels good.”
One of Perry’s biggest advocates for Michigan throughout the recruiting process is early-enrolled quarterback Alex Malzone.
Teammates at Brother Rice and winners of three state championships together in four years, Malzone helped Perry catch 105 passes for 1,727-yards and 21 touchdowns. If Malzone has his way, that connection will continue in Ann Arbor.
“He’s on me,” Perry said. “Telling me come on dude let’s do what we did before and get it going again.”
Perry now has a critical decision to make.
Originally committing to Northwestern on Dec. 8, time will be of the essence for Perry now with both schools needing to know of his plans, also looking to sign on the dotted line Wednesday.
“I’m just going to sit down with family and go through it again,” Perry said. “We’ll talk again tonight. If we don’t tonight then it’ll have to be by tomorrow.”
“I’m pretty torn,” added Perry. “I’m just going to go through it all again, add it up and see which one comes out on top.”