Irish in lead pack for national tackle

Pope John XXIII defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry got a visit from the Irish staff last week. The sophomore from Sparta, N.J., considers Notre Dame as one of his top three schools.

Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore and tight ends coach Scott Booker visited top sophomore defensive line prospect Dalyn Wade-Perry last week.

The Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII product already has offers from Alabama, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Notre Dame is high on his list too.

“Just based on what I hear about them, I really think I would like Notre Dame,” Wade-Perry said. “They have really good academics and a lot of tradition. They are up there with Stanford, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State right now.”

Wade-Perry is considering a visit to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion in June.

“The coaches said they want me to camp there this summer and then they’ll talk to me about an offer,” Wade-Perry said.  “I am going to try to make it out there. We couldn’t really talk when they were here, but I know they are interested in me a lot.”

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound defensive tackle played nose tackle last year as part of Pope John XXIII’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

“I know Notre Dame runs a 4-3 and I like that much better,” Wade-Perry said. “You’re not getting triple-teamed inside.”

Wade-Perry has plans to visit Stanford, USC, UCLA, Florida, Florida State and Miami this summer.

“I want to take a lot of unofficial visits because I didn’t expect to have all of these offers and coaches visiting me this quickly,” Wade-Perry said. “It’s all happened very quickly, and I want to see a lot of schools.”

As Wade-Perry gears up for a busy summer, he’s looking for a program with a strong support system around the football program.

“I want to be at a school where football is really important,” Wade-Perry said. “I want the students to love the school they’re at because I want to love it, too.”

Wade-Perry says he plans to take official visits next year before making a commitment.


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