Notre Dame first began recruiting junior defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry last spring and on Sept. 26 the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, N.J., plans to make an unofficial visit to campus.
“I’ll be there next weekend,” Wade-Perry said. “We’ve been in contact since the spring.”
Irish assistant coaches Scott Booker and Keith Gilmore visited Wade-Perry’s school during the spring evaluation period and have remained in contact.
“We’ve been in contact since the spring,” Wade-Perry said. “I’ve been talking to coach Booker and coach Gilmore. They said they like what they see so far. They wanted me to go to their camp, the Irish Invasion, but I couldn’t make it.”
He’ll get his first look at Notre Dame when it hosts Massachusetts.
Wade-Perry, who holds offers from Alabama, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Stanford, among others, has already made two unofficial visits this fall and hopes to see more schools heading into the off-season.
“I’ve just been to Penn State and Rutgers because they’re in driving distance,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll get up to some more after the season ends or during the season to see more games.”
Pope John is off to a rough start having lost its first two games but Wade-Perry is confident his team will soon get things turned around.
“We’re 0-2 but we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “My team has to clean up on a few things but I can’t complain. Things are going good.”
Individually, Wade-Perry starts at both offensive and defensive tackle.
“I think I’m playing great,” he said. “I think I’m helping my team out but obviously it’s not enough. We have to get these wins.”
Pope John plays at High Point on Friday. Wade-Perry will leave for South Bend after the game.