Spencer Perry wants to use summer as an extended fact-finding mission.
Despite a verbal commitment to Florida, Perry plans to visit several other programs over the next couple months. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Clemson and Vanderbilt can all expect to host the safety from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
“Pretty much what I’ll do is this summer I’m gonna visit some schools, including Notre Dame on the 19th,” Perry said. “At the end of the summer I’m gonna weigh all my options. I’m committed to Florida but I want to make sure it’s best for my family. Academics play a huge role in everything that I do. I have to make sure everything is in place.”
Notre Dame put itself firmly in play with Perry just this week.
Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght made contact with the 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect Tuesday. Perry teams with four-star Irish running back commitment Tony Jones Jr. at IMG Academy and plans to join him on a trip to South Bend for the Irish Invasion later this month.
Lyght, who earned nomination to the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this week, made a distinct impression over the phone.
“Up until (Tuesday) morning I hadn’t spoken to coach Lyght,” Perry said. “I talked to him (Tuesday) for the first time. It was a great conversation. He pretty much told me his whole resume. He was a first round draft pick playing at Notre Dame. I even watched his highlights. He was a very good player and he’s actually gone and been to where I wanna go. I can relate to him in that way. It’s always better to be coached by somebody that’s actually played the game.”
Perry has also been listening why Jones committed to the Irish in March.
“Tony told me Notre Dame has a very good business program,” Perry said. “Pretty much life after football. He’s been talking to me about that. Once you get that Notre Dame degree you’re set for the rest of your life. That’s something big. He told me how nice it is up there and how the coaching staff treats you nicely. Just everything.”
Perry plans to weigh factors like academics, family feel, campus environment then the football portion on each of the upcoming summer visits. Relationships with the coaching staff will play a role as well.
Once the trips are complete he’ll reassess the recruiting process with his family.
“We’re gonna talk about academics and what fits my major,” Perry said. “I want to major in English and journalism. I want to see where fits me academically first of all. Then we want to look at football, see what coaching staff fits me and what environment fits me. Then what coach can help me get to the next level, which is the NFL.”