"Doing off season conditioning and getting ready for these ACTs," Perry said. "I'm not really nervous, because I'm smart. I think that I know this stuff."
The 6-foot-3 and 320 pound lineman from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge was on a pretty good team last year. A team that had their playoff run cut short by the eventual state champs in the first round.
"We were 6-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Euless Trinity. They went on to win state this year against Converse Judson. We lost 35-20 to Trinity. My season didn't go as well as I expected it to go. Maybe I am aiming too high, but I could have done better."
"I didn't get as many tackles as I wanted. It was really bothering me, but then my coach told me that I was getting moved to offensive guard so I could start to get ready for college, then it didn't really matter. I just needed to keep competing, keep getting stronger, getting better and helping my team whenever I can. I just kind of brushed it off."
When Perry talks about getting moved to offensive guard he means that he hasn't played the position before. Despite not having played the position before he had been generating interest as early as a year ago from colleges that said that if they would offer it would be as an offensive lineman.
"I wasn't playing offensive guard before. I was just playing defensive tackle. My coach told me at the beginning of the football season that I might have to play some offensive line this year. He told me that some schools came in and said that if they offer it will be to play guard. All of my offers are to play guard except for Nebraska and Colorado State said I could choose either side of the ball."
Perry already has a handful of offers and has three teams standing out among the teams that have offered. "I have offers from Texas A&M, Colorado State, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Arizona. Ole Miss was the first team to offer and the latest was Arizona and Baylor. Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss are standing out from the teams that have offered. I like Texas Tech and I like Miami who haven't offered."
When Perry thinks about his decision he will be looking at a few key things. "Basically the direction that the team is headed in and the chemistry of the team. I'll be looking at the team's camaraderie. I'll also be looking at which conference the team plays in too. Stuff like that. I don't want to go too far away from home. I just want to be on a good team and get a good education."
This summer will be busy for Perry who plans to be a fixture in the weight room at Fossil Ridge. There are other plans this summer, but some hinge on a family member's health. "I am probably be doing a lot of strength and conditioning up at my schools. I will also be attending some combines and I might also be able to attend a few camps depending on how my grandpa is. I am not sure which camps and combines I will be going to yet."
Nebraska may not be making the cut of the top three schools that have offered, but he likes them and is learning a lot about them. "They're cool. I spoke to Coach Watson on the phone and it sounds like a cool place to go. I would like to check them out. I haven't really paid any attention to them, but I have people on my team that are big Nebraska fans and I will go check them out. Basically there isn't a team that has offered me that I won't check out."