He expected to leave South Bend leaning toward Notre Dame.
After the three-star safety from IMG Academy wrapped that two-day visit with his entire family - mom, dad, younger brother and sister – the decision to choose Notre Dame was an easy one.
“It felt like the right fit for everything,” Perry said. “The academics fit me well. I want to have a great degree, and Notre Dame will definitely give it to me.
“My entire family loved it, too. My mom pushes academics a lot, and Notre Dame fit her criteria. My dad has a great relationship with all of the coaches, so he feels comfortable sending me there even though it’s far away.”
Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght first reached out to Perry during a recruiting visit to IMG Academy to see Notre Dame running back commitment Tony Jones Jr.
“It was definitely after my (Florida) commitment that I started talking with coach Lyght,” Perry said. “I wasn’t looking to de-commit. Florida is a great school with amazing coaches. I know the whole staff, but I was intrigued by what Notre Dame had to offer.
“Coach Lyght played in the NFL, he was an All-American and a pro-bowler. He can teach me the game very, very well, and I definitely respect him. The academics are second to none, and it’s the best football in the country. That’s why I wanted to visit.”
Perry de-committed from Florida last Monday, less than 24 hours after he had returned home from the Irish Invasion.
“I knew then that I wanted to commit to Notre Dame,” Perry said.
Perry’s teammate, Jones Jr., felt confident the pair would also be teammates in college when he learned of Perry’s experience at Notre Dame.
“When I saw pictures of him at Notre Dame and he was telling people and me he loved it there, then he de-committed from Florida, I knew we had him in the bag,” Jones Jr. said. “He always would ask me why I committed and I would tell him just wait until you visit, you are gonna love it.”
The versatile Perry is being recruited to play free safety at Notre Dame, but it’s likely the 6-foot-3, 200-pound defender will assist the back end of the defense in a variety of roles, potentially even developing into an outside linebacker.
“They like me at free safety, but I can play anything,” Perry said. “I can play strong, dime or nickel. Last year I was asked to make a lot of tackles, more than most safeties. Believe it or not, I have pretty good ball skills because I’ve played wide receiver most of my life. I tackle well, too.”
Perry plans to take his official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game on Oct 17.
Scout ranks Perry as a three-star prospect and as the No. 40 safety in the Class of 2016.